Kirkland based Synergy Construction earns Excellence in Construction award from ABC

Kirkland-based Synergy Construction, Inc. won a construction award for work on The Cove apartments in Federal Way. - Contributed photo
Kirkland-based Synergy Construction, Inc. won a construction award for work on The Cove apartments in Federal Way.
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Work on the Cove apartments in Federal Way has earned Kirkland-based Synergy Construction, Inc. an Excellence in Construction award from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington.

The company had to demolish an existing leasing office and build a new 2,170 square-foot building to house a new leasing offices. A separate 490 square-foot fitness center with an exterior glass-block shower was built adjacent to the leasing office and the existing pool and spa.

The building’s main room features cathedral ceilings, a folding-glass security door and a glass partition separating the office from leasing areas. The exterior finishes include cultured stone veneer and Hardie siding. The steep-pitch roof has architectural-grade composition shingles.

Sewer and drainage were significant challenges, as the existing storm pipe was not in the location shown. Likewise, the existing sewer pipe for outfall was not correctly sited. Working with the civil engineer who developed an alternative design, Synergy was able to use his plan and a camera in the pipes to find suitable connections.

All construction was done while the apartments were occupied. There was no room outside the construction area for lay-down or storage, and utility vaults needed to be moved with no interruption in service. When the project was nearly complete, the owner wanted the pool and spa upgraded to current codes requiring new drains, a new pump, and heating units. Synergy then demolished and replaced the pool deck.

With a tight landscaping budget, the Synergy team reconfigured the irrigation system, built a subterranean storm water infiltration to cover the added building and other impervious surfaces, and built a small rain garden.

Management and tenants were well informed and adhered to safety requests allowing the project to be completed in 1,462 hours of work with no accidents.

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