Client: YWCAArchitect: OTJ Architects

Washington, DC | 14,000 sf

Located in Northwest DC, this modern, state-of-the-art facility is positioned on the first level of a multi-story residential complex. Restrictions imposed by the property management dictated that minimal noise would be allowed before 9am each day and that working on weekends and holidays would be prohibited. With an aggressive 13-week schedule, the rand* construction team recognized time as the critical element.

Three weeks into construction, rand* was positioned to begin the wall close-in process. With a delay in the building permit, rand* continued to push the trades to complete as many unrelated items as possible despite their out-of-sequence nature.  Shortly after receiving the building permit, rand* discovered the proposed placement of the structural steel supporting the upper level for the new stairwell opening could not be installed per the original design. Working closely with the design team, we were able to create a system of stanchion posts to sit on top of the structural steel beams which would support the upper level slab. Subsequently, the lowering of the structural steel members also required the rerouting of the existing fire protection main as well as the lowering of the proposed ceiling in all of the adjacent areas. Despite the loss of two weeks in the schedule, rand* worked ten-hour shifts to maintain the original completion date and, as always, project turnover was a success.

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