Prefab, planning reduces job site crane time

by Ryan Hoggatt

In less than 15 minutes, it was complete. UMC field teams were able to condense what is normally three or four crane picks, into one – Saving valuable time and minimizing job site impact for the entire project. A fantastic example of this added value is the prefabrication and installation of a fluid cooler for […]

Energy Upgrades for Iconic Seattle Hotel

by Patrick Kinney, EIT

Revival of a Classic The Roosevelt Hotel has been a Seattle icon for nearly a century – welcoming guests from all over the world. Through the years, the mechanical room has seen its share of power and heat sources – wood, coal, and electricity. Fast forward to today and The Roosevelt Hotel has connected to […]

The Fight Continues

by Steve Brooks, P.E.

Imagine a sea of orange. An army gathering on the edge of Seattle’s Gas Works Park – One team. One fight against cancer. On August 14th, I was one of the 1,500 cyclists proudly wearing orange who participated in Obliteride. Like many of us, the expertise found at Fred Hutch has touched my life.  My mom […]

Building Advanced Cancer Treatment

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

Every day in the United States approximately 4,620 people are diagnosed with cancer – that’s over 140,000 people a month. Immunotherapy treatment at  Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) offers hope. This advancement in cancer treatment, developed with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, provides a broad range of therapies to thousands of critical cancer patients. Immunotherapy […]

Seattle Hub for District Energy Technologies

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

In Seattle’s downtown core, one can easily find a construction crane every couple of blocks.  A plethora of sizeable projects, including high-performance buildings, have broken ground in this hotbed for technology and innovatively-minded companies.  And, as built environments grow, so do the possibilities of buildings exchanging resources. The South Lake Union neighborhood has the first of […]

Riding the Light Rail

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

A reliable and congestion-free transportation network is transforming Seattle. Sound Transit Light Rail stations are gradually making their way north, and one major hub – University of Washington Station – is finally complete.  Located between UW Medical Center and Husky Stadium, the underground UW Station is projected to serve over 70,000 passengers daily.  The ten-story, […]

Seattle Spheres: Unique Construction Problem Solved

by Mike Crook, LEED AP

Unique construction projects can challenge a team to think beyond what’s possible to make it all work.  Seattle Spheres is one of those iconic projects.  First of its kind in Seattle, the three dome-like structures made of steel and glass will house five levels of flexible office space, a large atrium, and street-level retail.  The […]

It’s as easy as riding a bike

by Steve Brooks, P.E.

This week I’ve been traveling with my colleague Eric Moe, in Scandinavia to learn about energy solutions on a community and regional scale.  Denmark and Sweden have some of the lowest carbon emissions in the world and have achieved significant reductions over the past 20 years.  In Denmark’s capital city of Copenhagen, notable strides in […]

UMC Supports Fred Hutch in Africa

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

UMC’s own Paul Idzik, Design Engineer, traveled to Uganda this week to assist Fred Hutch in their efforts to open the first comprehensive cancer center jointly built by U.S. and African cancer institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. UCI-Fred Hutch Cancer Centre will accommodate 20,000 outpatient visits a year, as well as housing laboratories for research and […]

Assess, Innovate, Improve, Measure

by Steve Brooks, P.E.

UMC is known for tackling tough projects and coming up with innovative ways to execute projects.  In 2013, we kicked off a significant internal program to formalize our approach to project challenges.  The UMC AIM (Assess, Innovate, Improve, Measure) program can apply to all activities, groups, and programs. The AIM process is a program where […]