Qwest Facility

Utility Buildings, Sequim, Washington



Qwest Communication Facility Utility Building Detailing

UTILITY BUILDING DETAILING

While at KDW Architects, SAGE principal Valerie Thiel served as designer/ project manager for the Qwest Equipment Building in Sequim. Her role included construction administration during construction.
In order to expand the existing communication system, the Qwest building renovation required additions to the front and side.

The exacting renovation required careful work around the existing sensitive communications equipment.

Brick masonry was used at the front transitioning to a traditional stucco system at the side.

Coordination of an expanded mechanical cooling system and backup generation was included in the project.

RENOVATION OF OCCUPIED BUILDINGS

In order to expand the existing communication system, the Qwest building renovation required additions to the front and side. As designer/project manager, SAGE principal, Valerie Thiel had to fully understand the constraints posed by the existing equipment and incoming fiber-optics lines that partially blocked expansion.

The exacting renovation required careful work around the existing sensitive communications equipment.

THOROUGH CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS

Valerie’s thorough construction documents addressed coordination issues during the design to keep the project on the established budget and help reduce the construction schedule.

In addition to careful documentation of the work scope, she was able to identify some existing condition unknowns and establish unit prices, reducing the cost impact of the unknowns.

CONSTRUCTION PARTNERING

Valerie worked to solidify a partnering strategy with the general contractor on board earlier than typical for the difficult renovation.
The phasing required by the contractor informed the design and construction documents.

CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION EXPERTISE

Understanding the sensitivity of the telecommunications equipment to the open roof and open wall conditions required during construction, Valerie supported the construction team with immediate responses and participation in pro-active planning discussions during site meetings.


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