Replumbing the Historic Stimson-Green Mansion

We are currently working on an interesting project at the Stimson-Green Mansion in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Built in 1901, the mansion is a designated Seattle Landmark, is on the Washington Heritage Register, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Although less…

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What to Consider when Considering Phased Occupancy

What can the developer / architect / contractor team do to make phased occupancy as easy as possible for the Building and Fire Departments to grant? Teamwork, pre-planning, and following jurisdictional requirements will yield the best chance for success. Phased occupancy allows a project owner to…

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Choosing the Best General Contractor for Your Commercial Project

In my thirty five years as a construction professional, I have heard and seen it all when it comes to selecting a commercial general contractor. Some of it funny enough for reality television (we’ll save those stories for another day). Take a look at a hypothetical project using $50mm for the d…

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Working Together to Serve our Most Vulnerable Neighbors

On any given day, DESC serves almost 3,500 clients. Half of this group, 1,679 to be exact, are safely housed now but were homeless when we first encountered them. Many live in buildings we own and operate, while some live in other housing but receive ongoing treatment or other services from DESC. …

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Rafn's Latest and Greatest Product Reviews 2016

For the second year in a row we thought it would be helpful to share some of the new products we have worked with this year. Each was created and used in response to a need in the marketplace whether for convenience, safety, or aesthetics. Dri-Eaz F284 DefendAir HEPA 500 Air Purifier By Mike…

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