According to project manager Kelly Pratt, “We knew it was important to listen to client needs and be creative to help them save money,” she said. “We worked closely with our design-build MEP partners to come up with cost-effective solutions to deliver exactly the project they wanted and within the scope that was needed.”
DPR partnered with SAB Architects to build out the client’s new office and lab space within an existing building located in the Seattle neighborhood of Eastlake. The new facilities were designed for efficiency and space maximization, and incorporated reused casework, and existing door and wall locations to maintain lower costs. The reconfigured space involved altering larger labs into purpose-built labs, including a quality control lab and a tissue culture lab.
The project was ultimately completed four days early and on budget, with a satisfied client.
Cost containment and budget management were overriding priorities throughout this project. Construction challenges included working in an occupied building with limited parking and no available laydown area outside of the workspace. DPR had to be conscientious of working hours due to construction noise and had to segregate the workflow to avoid interfering with other tenants.
The DPR project team work closely with city inspectors and existing building tenants to get the project permitted, inspected, and delivered efficiently and timely. Before construction began, a team alignment meeting was held with the client, the construction management firm and the architect to ensure the goals of each party involved would be met.
Throughout the job, DPR presented field opportunities for improvement and cost savings for their review. For instance, after evaluating utility service delivery methods for the labs, DPR suggested ceiling surface panels as a cost-effective solution.
To address the challenge of lacking a staging area within the occupied building, DPR took advantage of empty rooms and used them as material laydown areas while other rooms were being completion.