Construction Cost: not disclosed
Square Footage: 12,000 SF
Location: Redmond, Washington
Utility Building Detailing
While at KDW Architects, SAGE principal Valerie Thiel served as project manager and building shell designer for the well-built and highly functional Verizon Equipment and Administration Building. For security reasons, the client required a building that was of conservative design but did not call attention to its utilitarian nature. The project treated louvers as well as windows as design elements to add scale to the large box structure. Valerie detailed the site retaining walls as well as the exterior envelope of the utility building.
The project won a 2008 Washington Masonry Award for using masonry colors, textures, and patterns to add interest and delight to the Verizon Equipment Building.
Mechanical and Structural Systems Coordination
As project manager, Valerie coordinated work on the extensive mechanical system required to cool the communications and battery backup systems. Having been project manager for several telecommunications buildings, Valerie was very familiar with the mechanical system and worked with the mechanical engineer to optimize distribution of the sizable cooling ducts.
Code Work and Permitting
Valerie handled negotiations with the fire department to optimize the use of sprinklers in the hazardous battery room environment, where water can introduce additional hazards to staff and firefighters.