SKIDATA 's Installs New Parking Technology

The SKIDATA Northwest office has completed another efficiently installed project with new partner CommonWealth Partners (CWP). The City Center Plaza in Bellevue, Washington services over 500 monthly tenants as well as 100+ daily visitors to the nearby outlets.

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The SKIDATA system was selected for its reliability, sleek design, and ease of use.“The equipment is super sleek and clean,” said, Elizabeth Vance, Assistant Property Manager at CommonWealth Partners. “We also really like that the displays on the machines were somewhat customizable to our building.
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Microsoft Announced Redmond Campus Modernization Team

Microsoft Announced Redmond Campus Modernization Team of the consortium of architects and general contractors it has selected to work together to design and build almost 3 million square feet of new workspace on 72 acres of its campus. This is part of a multiyear campus modernization project announced in 2017, which will create new office space, public amenities and infrastructure.

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The team includes architecture firms LMN, NBBJ, WRNS Studio and ZGF Architects; general contractors Skanska, Balfour Beatty, GLY and Sellen; and lead landscape architect Berger Partnership with OLIN. Project management for the redevelopment was awarded to CBRE, JLL and OAC Services Inc.Construction of the new buildings is expected to commence later this year and be completed in 2022.
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Overlake Golf & Country Club Completes Renovation

Overlake Country Club MedinaBraytonHughes Design Studios, a design firm based in San Francisco, has unveiled the new design of Overlake Golf & Country Club Clubhouse in Medina.  Completed in September 2017, the renovation of the clubhouse brings a modern design inspired by the region’s natural beauty and history.

“At BraytonHughes, we believe in helping our clients design environments and spaces that free people to live, learn, work and play,” said Joel Villalon, partner at BraytonHughes Design Studios. “Design opens up valuable opportunities for nurturing relationships and businesses. Good design creates meaningful first impressions, help differentiate the property from its competitors, and boost the membership and the bottom line eventually.  We are honored to play our part in the evolution of this beautiful property in Washington.”  Continue reading “Overlake Golf & Country Club Completes Renovation”

DBM Contractors Inc., Completes Excavation Support System at Kirkland Urban

DBM installed excavation Support System at Kirkland UrbanDBM Contractors, Inc. has completed the installation of the excavation support system for Kirkland Urban, an 11.5-acre mixed-use development adjacent to Peter Kirk Park in Kirkland Wash. When completed in November 2018, the first phase will include more than 390,000 square feet in two office towers, 140,000 square feet of retail space and more than 1,700 parking spaces. A 50,000-square-foot QFC grocery store will anchor the retail space. Phase one will also include a 185-unit residential building.
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CITC Hires Mandy Jones as New Apprenticeship Records Assistant

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The Construction Industry Training Council of Washington (CITC) has hired Mandy Jones as its new apprenticeship program assistant and promoted Blanca Lizaola who previously held that position to mechanical coordinator for the CITC apprenticeship programs of HVAC, Sheet Metal and Plumbing.
Mandy Jones is now responsible for ensuring that all CITC apprenticeship records are accurate in both CITC’s and L&I’s tracking systems.  Lizaola’s new responsibilities are to provide administrative services and support for the mechanical apprenticeships within the CITC apprenticeship programs for plumbing, sheet metal, and HVAC. Continue reading “CITC Hires Mandy Jones as New Apprenticeship Records Assistant”

Adnan Ahmed Joins Stantec’s Lynnwood Office as Information Communication Technology Project Manager

Syed Adnan AhmedStantec has announced that Adnan Ahmed has joined the firm as a project manager in its Information Communication Technology (ICT) consulting practice in the Lynnwood, WA office. Ahmed has more than 14 years of experience as an ICT infrastructure specialist. He brings Stantec experience from across North America and the Middle East.
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Google Data Center to Be Built at Coal Plant Site in Alabama

Google Data Center Widows CreekFirst Google Data Center to Locate on Repurposed Coal Generation Site

Google Data Center at TVA’s Widows Creek.  The Tennessee Valley Authority has announced today Google has chosen TVA’s Widows Creek to be the site of it’s newest and 14th Google Data Center.  Widows Creek is a soon-to-be retired coal plant site in North Alabama. Joining  Present at the announcement were Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama, local and state officials, Gary Demasi, Google Director of Data Center Energy and Location Strategy,TVA’s President and CEO Bill Johnson and TVA Chairman Joe Ritch.

“This is a big day for TVA,” Bill Johnson said. “The partnership between the Alabama Department of Commerce, Jackson County Economic Development Authority, and TVA helped secure an innovative, global technology company to the Valley.”

TVA’s board of directors approved the closure of Widows Creek earlier this year following EPA’s release of coal combustion rules requiring additional environmental and financial requirements.

“The coal plant will be in operation for a few more months and we appreciate the hard-working employees who remain dedicated to generating electricity safely at Widows Creek,” Johnson said. “This facility has served TVA well since it started operating in 1952; so the decision to close Widows Creek was not easy, and is especially hard on our employees and their families. We are thankful for this exciting new opportunity for jobs in northern Alabama.

“Google could have located their next data center anywhere in the world, but they chose this site. What began as a power generation facility will now become a data center harnessing the power of the Internet to connect people all over the world,” he added.

 “Selecting the Widows Creek site to build our newest data center came after an extensive search,” said Gary Demasi, Director of Data Center Energy and Location Strategy for Google. “The idea of repurposing a former coal generating site and powering our new facility with renewable energy – especially reliable, affordable energy that we can count on 24/7 with the existing infrastructure in place – was attractive.”

TVA’s transmission system ranks in the top 10 percent of U.S. utilities and has achieved 99.999 percent reliability every year since 2000, surpassing Tier IV data center standards. TVA currently has 23 primary data center sites available across its seven-state service area.

Google will invest $600 million in this project and will bring quality jobs to northern Alabama and the TVA region.

As TVA continues to develop a cleaner, more diverse energy portfolio, it is reviewing the future of the land and physical structures associated with the retired coal-fired plant units. It will lead the energy industry in working to repurpose former generating sites for economic development opportunities that bring needed revenue into communities and improve lives of people in the Valley.

TVA is the largest public power provider in the United States and serves 17 municipal power companies and eight co-ops in North Alabama. Together, they provide power for more than 485,000 households and nearly 97,000 commercial and industrial customers. TVA also directly serves large Alabama industrial customers and government facilities. Google will bring the total of direct-served customers to 12.

            The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

IKEA SECURES CONTRACTORS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF NEW, UPDATED STORE AT SWEDISH RETAILER’S CURRENT LOCATION IN RENTON

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IKEA announced today that they have finally hired contractors for constructing a new, updated store in Renton. The new Ikea store will be built to replace its current store as the Swedish retailer’s Seattle-area presence.  The new IKEA store will be built in part of the current parking area, with the older store ultimately being demolished to allow for more parking.  Until the new, updated store opens in Spring 2017, customers can continue to shop at the existing Renton store.

IKEA has chosen Deacon Corp. to serve as Construction Manager and General Contractor both for site work and store development.  An industry leader throughout the Western U.S., Deacon specializes in construction of retail, multifamily housing, mixed-use buildings, hotels, restaurants and entertainment facilities, as well as healthcare and office buildings.  Other firms involved with this IKEA project include:  Barghausen, civil engineer; TENW, traffic consultants; and Atlanta-based GreenbergFarrow as the project architect. 

 “IKEA is excited at the opportunity to relocate our established, successful presence at the same location as the existing one, and appreciate the city’s support,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president.  “Opening a new, updated Seattle-area store at the same location allows us to offer an enhanced IKEA shopping experience.”

The 398,000-square-foot current Seattle-area IKEA store is located on 29 acres in Renton, near State Highway 167, approximately 11 miles southeast of downtown Seattle.  Built in 1979, the original, single-level structure previously had been utilized as a warehouse for aerospace electronics until IKEA converted it to be a retail store in October 1994.  The proposed 406,000-square-foot new Renton store would consist of two levels, provide nearly 1,600 convenient parking spaces, offer a more current layout and reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide.

An updated Seattle-area IKEA store would feature the same 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a larger restaurant for serving Swedish specialties.  Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the showroom, baby-care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking.  IKEA now also offers a product picking and delivery service, and an IKEA FAMILY loyalty program.  In addition to the already 350 Renton coworkers as part of the global IKEA family, IKEA would generate even more annual sales and property tax revenue to the city and local schools.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them.  There are currently more than 360 IKEA stores in 47 countries, including 40 in the U.S.  IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment.  Find Ikea on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue to Hold Grand Opening Celebration for New Fieldhouse at Hidden Valley Sports Park

Bellevue Boys & Girls Club logoBoys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue will host a public ceremony celebrating the Grand Opening of their Foster Family Foundation Branch – the Fieldhouse at Hidden Valley Sports Park. The event will take place on Saturday, March 28th from 10am-11am at Hidden Valley Fieldhouse, located at 1903 112th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. The public is invited to join as they celebrate this exciting milestone for our community!

The new Fieldhouse at Hidden Valley Park is a unique partnership with the City of Bellevue that will provide recreational facilities for thousands of youth and their families on the Eastside. This 27,000 sq. ft facility has three courts, classroom space and a concession stand that will serve both the indoor courts and outdoor sports fields. Hidden Valley Fieldhouse is now open for programming and will house BGCB’s Spring Sports programs for ages 5-18 starting in April. Spring programs include volleyball, soccer, basketball and Spring Break Sports camps. Registration is online at www.bgcbellevue.org.

In 2012, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue launched a community-wide campaign to open more doors for more kids – helping to meet the needs of a growing Bellevue and strengthen the fabric of our community. Through this campaign, the goal is to expand our capacity to serve over 70% more youth by increasing their programmable space by 80% throughout the city. The Hidden Valley Fieldhouse is the second capital project to open since then, the first being “The Club” Teen Center in East Bellevue. We hope to break ground on the third and final project – our Main Clubhouse in downtown Bellevue, this year.

Since 1952, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue (BGCB) has been in the forefront of youth development; targeting services to young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. In 2014, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue served more than 14,000 members and their families, providing a safe, fun place that encourages kids to choose healthy lifestyles, get involved with their communities and achieve academic success. By inspiring our youth to make constructive life choices, they strive to help them realize their full potential. The Club upholds a policy that no child will be turned away because of an ability to pay, and in the past year the BGCB has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships to families in need. To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue, visit www.bgcbellevue.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue to Hold Grand Opening Celebration for New Fieldhouse at Hidden Valley Sports Park

Bellevue Boys & Girls Club logoBoys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue will host a public ceremony celebrating the Grand Opening of their Foster Family Foundation Branch – the Fieldhouse at Hidden Valley Sports Park. The event will take place on Saturday, March 28th from 10am-11am at Hidden Valley Fieldhouse, located at 1903 112th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. The public is invited to join as they celebrate this exciting milestone for our community!

The new Fieldhouse at Hidden Valley Park is a unique partnership with the City of Bellevue that will provide recreational facilities for thousands of youth and their families on the Eastside. This 27,000 sq. ft facility has three courts, classroom space and a concession stand that will serve both the indoor courts and outdoor sports fields. Hidden Valley Fieldhouse is now open for programming and will house BGCB’s Spring Sports programs for ages 5-18 starting in April. Spring programs include volleyball, soccer, basketball and Spring Break Sports camps. Registration is online at www.bgcbellevue.org.

In 2012, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue launched a community-wide campaign to open more doors for more kids – helping to meet the needs of a growing Bellevue and strengthen the fabric of our community. Through this campaign, the goal is to expand our capacity to serve over 70% more youth by increasing their programmable space by 80% throughout the city. The Hidden Valley Fieldhouse is the second capital project to open since then, the first being “The Club” Teen Center in East Bellevue. We hope to break ground on the third and final project – our Main Clubhouse in downtown Bellevue, this year.

Since 1952, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue (BGCB) has been in the forefront of youth development; targeting services to young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. In 2014, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue served more than 14,000 members and their families, providing a safe, fun place that encourages kids to choose healthy lifestyles, get involved with their communities and achieve academic success. By inspiring our youth to make constructive life choices, they strive to help them realize their full potential. The Club upholds a policy that no child will be turned away because of an ability to pay, and in the past year the BGCB has awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships to families in need. To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue, visit www.bgcbellevue.org.