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Wonders all around us

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

WestlakeCnstrctn-2The great thing about commuting – and yes, so far, I’ve only found one – is that it gives you time to think, and that thinking can often take you down an interesting path – especially when, in my case, I see all kinds of construction going on in my daily travels: roads, homes, condos, stores, bridges, hotels, even full-fledged skyscrapers.

Just from my office window, in fact, I see no less than three new office buildings being constructed and another undergoing a major renovation. Move to a different window, and I see over a dozen construction cranes and at least three or four tall buildings going up in the downtown Seattle area.

These projects make me both think and wonder. I think about their complexity and the integration of myriad systems and materials, and I wonder how people make them happen, how they efficiently schedule and manage so many people and processes. For my money, the expertise on display especially on these big projects is something to be truly admired. I know that the knowledge and methodology and efficiency that goes into designing and constructing these buildings has been honed over generations, but, to me, it’s all still quite amazing. The art of construction (and architecture, and building design) just keeps advancing. And while many of us see it every day, I wonder – there I go again — how many of us pause with any regularity to think about what we’re looking at.

If you haven’t lately, take a few moments next time you’re stalled in traffic or maybe stopped at a traffic light anywhere near downtown Seattle. Locate the nearest major building under construction and consider the accumulation of real knowledge and expertise that you’re looking at. If you look closely, there’s plenty to see.

 Hey, move it along, buddy. The light is green!

Millennial madness arrives in Seattle

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Alley111Image courtesy of Blanton Turner


Catering to millennials seems to be an emerging theme for many developers in the Seattle area.
Kilroy Realty’s 333 Dexter office project in Seattle was designed for millennials, Skanska USA Commercial Development’s Alley 111 apartment in Bellevue has millennials in mind, and even Daniels Real Estate’s The Mark office/hotel tower in Seattle has elements that will attract the younger crowd.
Want to find out how these developers are designing their projects for those 20- and 30-somethings? Click here to check out the DJC’s latest special section covering urban development.

See what local firms can do with concrete

Monday, May 18th, 2015



The DJC’s annual special section on concrete is now available. Its focus is on award-winning projects by members of the Washington Aggregates & Concrete Association.

There’s also a great article by Melanie Cochrun of GLY Construction on how her firm used 600 workers to make two record-setting concrete pours earlier this year in Bellevue.

Check it out!


Check out what’s happening in the local construction scene

Thursday, April 30th, 2015



The DJC has published its annual Construction & Equipment special section. It’s a mix of industry articles, profiles of local award-winning projects and a few interviews with the contractors who make it all happen.

Read all about it at


See what’s trendy at the Seattle Home Show

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015


Axiom Design Build, one of the exhibitors at the home show, raised this Queen Anne house onto a new foundation and added to the back.


The Seattle Home Show opens Saturday at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Promoters of the 71st annual event put a list together of what is trending for the show. Here’s what they found:

  • More sophisticated laundry rooms, with formal space such as countertops to fold clothes.
  • Home styles moving in two directions: warm and rustic; sleek and modern.
  • White ceilings and muted walls.
  • Finishing extra space, such as over a garage or in a basement, for extended family or to rent out.
  • More homebuyers from foreign countries with extended families are creating more demand for bigger homes with multiple bathrooms.
  • Large walk-in showers are replacing bathtubs.
  • Older people are selling their homes to Gen Xers.
  • Baby boomers are downsizing from houses to condos, and are using equity to fix up their new digs.
  • Millennials are starting to enter the market and are looking for earth-friendly, smaller homes with more amenities.
  • Heated and covered outdoor living areas.
  • Outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and other luxury items.

Not trendy? The home show is holding an ugly couch contest, where the winner will get a $2,500 gift card from My Home Furniture & Decor.

The show runs until Feb. 22. Adults are $12, seniors $8 and juniors $3. Check it out at

Watch Super Bowl stadium get built in 50 seconds

Friday, January 24th, 2014

With the big game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Donkeys about a week away, EarthCam is sharing a time-lapse video of MetLife Stadium under construction. The clip compresses about 2½ years of construction into 50 seconds.

The $1.6 billion stadium was filmed from August 2007 to March 2010.

Go Hawks!

DJC profiles the Apple Cup of construction

Thursday, November 21st, 2013


Just in time for the Apple Cup football game, the DJC has put together a special section profiling construction projects at the UW and WSU.

Included is a list of the top 10 projects at each school. Who gets bragging rights? If you go by dollar volume, the nod goes to the Huskies, with just over $900 million. That’s more than twice the value of WSU’s top 10.

UW also has the top project: the second phase $186.3 million expansion of the UW Medical Center. WSU’s top project is the $96 million Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building. Of course, WSU’s list of projects includes a $23 million Wine Science Center stocked with 3,500 bottles of wine.

For those wanting to watch football, the Apple Cup will be held Nov. 29 at Husky Stadium – another new project!

Learn what local architects think

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The DJC surveyed several local architecture and engineering firms for its A&E Perspectives special section. Contractors can learn about upcoming projects, trends and other relevant issues by reading about the designers’ insights.

Check it out!

Under construction forever

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

The following post is from Jason Kane:

According to the Bible, God created heaven and Earth in seven days. Proving that humans are no gods, some men have been constructing buildings for an eternity. It’s understandable that circumstances arise where a building can’t be finished on time. However, most of the following examples of buildings under construction forever can be blamed on the folly of men.


Hotel of Doom

The Hotel of Doom under construction in North Korea has suffered under fits of start-and-stop delays for nearly three decades. The 105-story hotel was ordered by Dear Leader No. 1, Kim Il-sung, to proclaim the greatness of his communist slave-labor state. Started in 1987, the construction disaster is composed of three jagged sides to form a pyramid but with no windows or other amenities like rooms, plumbing, lighting or a bar to sip a drink. The name of the hotel, Ryugyong, means Capital of Willows, telling people what to eat when times turn tough. Construction has taken longer than Lady Gaga sobering up from a weekend whiskey binge.


One World Trade Center

Once the politicians got involved, everyone knew it would take forever to rebuild the Twin Towers that were destroyed on 9-11 in New York City. True to form, our beloved politicians can’t even agree on a name for the new building much less its design. Started in 2006, the One World Trade Center, also known as Freedom Tower, is plodding along and still unfinished.


The World

The wealthy sheiks in Dubai like to build things big with their oil wealth, and The World is no exception. Designed to replicate the world, this construction project is taking place on a series of man-made islands in the shape of a world map to represent the planet. The chief sheik, Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, is begging investors to build gambling resorts on the islands. To date, $18 billion has been spent. Thus far, a single home has been built, and engineers are warning that the islands are sinking. Bookies are taking bets on the day it sinks like Atlantis.


International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) is a $100 billion ongoing construction project started in 1998. The ISS began as a noble experiment for nations to live together and perform lofty experiments for mankind. That, however, went out the window when a Ukrainian astronaut demonstrated how to chase a shot of vodka around in zero-gravity. The ISS is expected to be completed in 2015, and then scrapped. Till then, it’s party time at the ISS Saloon and Lab.


Jason Kane is a former construction worker and avid blogger. Jason writes for Fall Protection USA, a supplier of self-retracting lifelines and other construction safety equipment.


Greenfire flames environmental passion

Friday, May 31st, 2013

While Bullitt Center is grabbing headlines as the greenest commercial building in the world, a project in Ballard is taking green building a step further by dedicating about half of its site to urban gardens and open space.

The DJC is profiling the Greenfire Campus project in a special section.

Greenfire’s office building will use about 70 percent less energy than a typical office, and its apartments will use 42 percent less. All that urban agriculture will be fed by two cisterns that store stormwater runoff.

Expect to see more projects like this in the future.