About

Good People. Great Work.

Jack Rafn founded the Rafn Company in 1978 to consciously avoid the often times adversarial nature inherent to hard bid contracting. By personality and attitude, Jack was driven to a collaborative process in which shared goals and mutual commitment to the development process could achieve a successful, high quality, cost-effective outcome - and could continue to cultivate lasting friends. It was a novel and visionary idea that we have championed ever since.

Initially, the renovation of historic buildings was the testing ground for this team approach with owners and architects, years before the industry bantered about the terms "partnering" and "team building". These principles were then applied to both public and private commercial projects with such great success that it has become the de facto standard in our market segment. That’s why when asked about the Rafn Company, clients, subcontractors, suppliers, regulatory agencies, and even competitors say, “they are good people... and they do great work.”

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Recent Awards

 

2017

  • ABC Eagle of Excellence - AMLI Wallingford Apartments
  • ABC Excellence in Construction - AMLI Wallingford Apartments
  • ABC Excellence in Construction - Seattle U Connolly Complex Title IX

2016

  • ABC Eagle of Excellence - AMLI SLU2 Apartments
  • ABC Excellence in Construction - AMLI SLU2 Apartments
  • ABC Excellence in Construction - Plymouth Church Sanctuary
  • ABC Excellence in Construction - Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church Annex
  • Gold Nugget Award of Merit - AMLI SLU2 Apartments
  • MultiFamily Executive Awards - Best Amenity

2015

  • ABC Eagle of Excellence - 525 at The Enclave Apartments
  • ABC Excellence in Construction - 525 at The Enclave Apartments

2014

  • NAIOP Night of the Stars - Emerald City Commons Apartments
  • ABC Eagle of Excellence - Emerald City Commons Apartments
  • ABC Excellence in Construction - Emerald City Commons Apartments
  • ABC Excellence in Construction - UCDS EDGe & Teacher’s Nook

2013

  • ABC Eagle of Excellence - First & Vine Apartments Renovation
  • ABC Excellence in Construction - First & Vine Apartments Renovation
  • ABC Excellence in Construction - Dekko Place Apts / Gethsemane Lutheran

Rafn Values

Character

  • Integrity to guarantee the quality & delivery of our work

Competency

  • The best people & the skill to lead the construction process

Courage

  • To achieve the highest standard and to make the right decisions

Commitment

  • To our people, clients, environment, and community

For more than three decades, the Rafn Company has grown successfully on these values with a focus on negotiated work. Rafn's leadership team is committed to guiding the company to greater success by building on these values.

Industry Involvement

 

Membership

  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
  • AIA Seattle
  • Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
  • Bellevue Rotary
  • Construction Industry Training Council (CITC)
  • Construction Real Estate Women (CREW)
  • Downtown Seattle Association (DSA)
  • Historic Seattle
  • Housing Development Consortium (HDC)
  • NAIOP
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Seattle Architectural Foundation (SAF)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

Sponsorship

  • Bellevue Rotary
  • CMAA Evergreen Chapter
  • Housing Development Consortium
  • Housing Washington
  • International Living Future Institute
  • NAIOP
  • NW Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS)
  • Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Vets Restore