408 Aurora LLC
75 units | 38,880 SF
Difficult site with shared access for adjacent construction
Following W.G. Clark Construction’s move from its home since 1923, the site at 408 Aurora Avenue North became the new address for the Clark Apartments, a seven-story building with 75 studio apartments.
Logistics were extraordinarily complex, since the project was adjacent to two other active construction sites, as well as the ongoing reconfiguration of Aurora Avenue North. The project site’s intersection was changed into an arterial street by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) in the midst of work on the Clark Apartments. By meeting regularly with the other general contractors and the SDOT hub coordinator, site logistics and traffic control operations between projects were coordinated to minimize schedule impact and the effect on surrounding traffic. Careful planning and tight coordination allowed smooth operations in the affected areas.
We sequenced our exterior cladding work to accommodate the needs of the adjacent construction project and neighboring apartment complex directly abutting our site, since all three sites are accessed only from a shared alley. The north elevation of our project shared a property line with the neighboring apartments, so we developed a plan that allowed us access to our façade through a series of swing stage scaffold platforms, while also providing waterproofing and security improvements that were beneficial to both buildings. We also kept an open channel of communication to ensure that the neighboring apartment tenants were aware of all ongoing and planned construction activities.