University of Washington – Blue Flame

Photo Credit: MBT

  1. Photo Credit: MBT
  2. Photo Credit: MBT

Photo Credit: MBT

This project includes approximately 106,000 sq. ft. of lab build-out within the old Washington Natural Gas “Blue Flame” building. Built in the late 1950s, the facility was originally designed for an office tenant – but now is a first-class Biotech Research Lab. The facility features a full-size basement below grade and four stories above grade, all of which are designed specifically to accommodate the various R&D user groups from the University of Washington School of Medicine. The facility is essentially a concrete and steel shell with each floor slab comprised of pre-cast “double-T” panels. Completely gutted, the facility was stripped of all finishes and structurally upgraded prior to the start of the mechanical construction. McKinstry detailed, coordinated with all trades, fabricated, and installed the HVAC, Piping, Plumbing, and Fire Protection systems throughout the building.

The Shell & Core mechanical system was designed by AEI, with the entire TI scope design-build by McKinstry. These innovations contributed significantly to first-cost savings as well as projected energy savings for UW over the duration of the long-term lease arrangement with Vulcan.

Project Partners:        
Owner – City Investors XII, LLC
Developer – Vulcan, Inc.
Architect – MBT
General Contractor – Turner Construction

Education, Science / Technology, Construction, Washington


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