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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Kaiten-zushi Construction Procurement

Kaiten-zushi is a sushi restaurant where plates of sushi are placed on a rotating conveyor belt that winds through the restaurant and moves past every table. The final bill is based on the number and type of plates of consumed sushi. Construction Procurement is the process of finding, agreeing on…

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8 Steps to an Effective Team Meeting

Construction teams bring together a broad group of people to accomplish a set task: to construct a building. Teams can be made up of the building’s owners, construction professionals, architects, engineers, and various other consultants. Each brings their own personality, perspective, and expertise t…

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