Seattle Children’s new autism and behavioral health clinic required the complete demolition and rebuild of the top floor in an occupied two-story building. The build-out included exam and observation rooms, classrooms, a teaching kitchen, and other patient support spaces. To complete the transformation, hoteling desks, DIRTT removable partitions, focus areas, conference rooms, and a staff kitchen were incorporated to promote a dynamic work environment. Exterior modifications to more than 5,000 SF surrounding the building included a playground with custom-patterned and seeded glass concrete, ADA ramps, sidewalk reconfiguration, and traffic control gates.
Interstitial work performed over actively occupied spaces on the first floor was completed with surgical precision. Constant communication and coordination with Seattle Children’s facilities and staff on the floor below helped to mitigate interruption to daily operations.
Significant full-height wall construction and limited above-ceiling space generated challenges with the installation of new overhead mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection infrastructure alongside existing building structural elements and active mechanical systems. The team used lean pull planning and extensive on-site field coordination to strategically sequence trade work resulting in minimal modification of existing structure and systems. This process created efficiencies and resulted in no impacts on active tenant spaces on the lower floor.
Working with Aldrich was a fantastic experience. They kept the project on schedule, provided great communication and were active thought partners on resolving issues. As a project manager, I was very impressed with how they tracked and managed all of the various items and sub-contractors.