New Tech To Check (Out)

The construction industry is constantly evolving with new products that make our work safer, more cost-effective, easier to install, and/or of higher quality. Here are several recent additions to our toolbox of great products for better building. SpyderCrane We recently used a SpyderCrane to remove…

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BIM for Site Work and Utilities Analysis

Over the last 8 years, Rafn has integrated Building Information Modeling (BIM) into our constructability review process and we have found the most useful aspect of 3D modeling for us is in site work and utilities analysis. This article will highlight the benefits of BIM that we have realized in…

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Preserving Heritage at Mt. Baker Village

In late April 1975, Washington Governor Dan Evans was stunned by news coverage of one of the last US helicopters lifting off the roof of a Saigon building as the US evacuated Vietnam, leaving behind frantic individuals clinging to the ladder leading to the rooftop. He was moved to help these people…

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Partner Profile - Jim Cary of Cardinal Architecture

I have had the pleasure of working with Jim Cary, Principal at Cardinal Architecture, for the last 8 years while here at Rafn Company. In that amount of time, I can tell you that the skillset is wide, and the knowledge is vast at Cardinal Architecture. In addition to sharing more about his…

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Mass Timber - Paving the Way to a Sustainable Future

Mass timber is experiencing a renaissance. Thanks to innovative technology, the old post and beam URM’s in Pioneer Square are being replaced by a newer framing style that consists of using small wood members to form larger solid wood formations to construct walls, floors, and roof systems. C…

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