Brightwater Treatment Facility

Utility Buildings, Kenmore, Washington



Brightwater Treatment Facility Utility Buildings

UTILITY BUILDING DETAILING

While at Mithun Architects, SAGE principal Valerie Thiel detailed and produced approximately half the exterior details for the Main Brightwater Plant buildings.
Valerie detailed and produced all the exterior details for the Intermediate Pump Station.
The main plant includes cast-in-place and tilt-up concrete, exposed steel frames and connections, and metal panels.
The Pump Station envelope system includes pre-cast concrete panels, aluminum cladding, curtainwall, and stucco.

MEETING SCHEDULE DEMANDS – PUMP STATION

When another DBE partner design firm was behind schedule on the Intermediate Pump Station construction documents, SAGE principal Valerie Thiel, was brought in to complete the exterior envelope construction drawings. She researched aluminum clad metal panel systems to achieve the desired visual effects sought by the prime designer, then produced extensive CAD construction drawings of the building envelope within the tight 3 remaining weeks, keeping the team on schedule.

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

With extensive experience as well as master’s degrees in both architecture and structural engineering, Valerie was able to see that the structural design for the digester building produced excessively large expansion joints for split-level building with many joints below grade. Although it was late in the project design, she worked with the engineers to separate the sub-grade envelope from the columns and reduce the number of expansion joints without requiring the structural engineers to make significant revisions to the moment frame system design.
Valerie also detailed and produced approximately half the exterior details for the Main Brightwater Plant buildings. These designs included cast-in-place and tilt-up concrete, metal panels, and exposed steel frames and connections.

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