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Partnerships, innovation and people are shaping the future of Washington office

“Our partnerships, leveraging new and emerging technology, as well as our innovations in prefabrication and Lean processes, continue to be the drivers for securing new and repeat business,” said Matt James, chief estimator.

Innovation has been vital to success at 1120 Denny Way, one of the largest mixed-use developments in Seattle with two 41-story residential towers. The team is continuously using and improving the Production Tracking System allowing for more automation while also making the information easy to audit.

Productivity was improved with a gypsum board milling machine, to cut more than 5 miles of plywood rips needed for sill backing and 15 miles of gypsum shapes. In addition, using PlanGrid was essential to address issues and organize related information and photos, while use of the Top Track Laser Adapter allowed for faster layout.

While this project is ongoing due to its size, the 1120 Denny Way team has pushed the limits of material and process innovation. “They’ve done a fantastic job managing the extensive crews and vast amount of material required for such a significant development,” said Jeff Castagnola, Area Operations Manager.

At the Muckleshoot Convention Center expansion in Auburn, the team was the first Washington group to utilize a custom roll former, along with GFRG shapes, to complete the intricate ceiling. To eliminate unnecessary stud framing, complex steel break-shapes were utilized.

KHS&S has once again proven they are the gaming builder of choice, thanks to the Washington team. Both the general contractor and owner recognized the speed and quality delivered and have awarded KHS&S additional phases of work, increasing the overall contract for the Muckleshoot expansion from $3.6M to $5M.

“For all our projects, it’s important we acknowledge the next generation of leadership that is emerging as they will shape KHS&S Washington well into the future,” said Castagnola. “Our commitment to quality starts with exceptional people.”