Spotlight : CREW Luncheon - Women of Influence

This was my first opportunity to attend CREW’s annual Women of Influence event and I will certainly plan to keep it on my calendar. While not a CREW member, I enjoy two or three lunches a year and always take away some nuggets. This session over-delivered. I was impressed with Cori Palmer’s (Mo…

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The Lean Methodology of Project Scheduling

Lean scheduling is a way to combat delays and “firefighting” with careful, collaborative planning that ultimately increases efficiency and reduces waste. Delays and “firefighting” may seem like a typical part of the construction process – but it doesn’t have to be that way. PLAN A key difference between Lea…

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Spotlight : Denise Louie Education Center

Rafn is excited to be able to support the Denise Louie Education Center (DLEC) and their mission to provide multicultural early learning and family support services to Seattle’s low-income, immigrant and refugee communities. As part of our current project, the Mercy Magnuson Place, we are also b…

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Fab Labs : How to Make (almost) Anything

I have been interested in Fab Labs for a number of years and am writing to share what they are, my perception of their potential, and why I support and help fund them. Fab Labs, short for fabrication laboratory, offer shared access to digital fabrication tools and prototyping machines, including 3D…

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The Ins and Outs of Insulation

Which type of insulation is best for a given project? Several different types of insulation are being used together in our Mercy Magnuson Place Apartments project. Each was chosen for its particular characteristics in its given application. Having a well thought out system with a quality…

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