New Project: Air Traffic Control Tower and Base Building at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

This August, we’re starting a new project with Walsh Construction at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. We’ll be building a new Air Traffic Control Tower & Base Building at Gray Army Airfield to replace the existing tower, which is currently an obstacle to aviation. The new tower, built to last 50 years, will house 20 people and is expected to open by April 2017. Gray Army Airfield, which supports primarily helicopters and other Army rotorcraft, is one of the two largest airports at JBLM.

New Project: Washington Place in Tukwila, WA

We’re starting work this week on the future tallest tower in Tukwila: the 19-story Washington Place at Southcenter. This massive building, planned as the tallest skyscraper south of I-90 and north of Tacoma, will house 370 apartments as well as a 189-room business hotel with meeting space and restaurant. Washington Place will provide much needed residential space within walking distance of the mall and bus transit center. Concurrently, the city of Tukwila is planning a pedestrian/bicycle bridge leading from Southcenter over the Green River to the new Sounder rail and bus station, completing the vision of a Southcenter as an urban residential space. We’re looking forward to working with Conco Construction on this important and exciting project!

New Project: Edmonds SD Maintenance and Transportation Facility in Edmonds, WA

Great news, Crunchers! We started a new job last week with Absher Construction in Edmonds, WA. We are building a new Maintenance and Transportation Facility for the growing Edmonds School district, to include workshops, offices, bus service bays, fueling stations, and various storage areas. The new facility, which is located north of I-5 and east of the 52nd Avenue West/Cedar Valley Road intersection, is scheduled to open in September 2016 for the 2016-2017 school year. We’re excited to get to work on this project and support our local schools!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July, Crunchers! We wish you a fantastic day full of celebration and summer fun.

Stay safe and use common sense this holiday weekend – nobody wants a crispy Cruncher! Drink lots of water if you’re out in the sun, and use fire safety precautions if you are in an area that allows fireworks.

Meet the Crunchers: Seth Beaird

Seth “Kanye” Beaird, as his fellow rodbusters call him, is the picture of a true Cruncher. As a Foreman, he oversees jobsite operations in the field. This job title includes an immense amount of responsibility, such as making sure that everyone knows what they should be doing at all times, that the job runs smoothly day to day, and that it’s completed in a timely manner. On the job, Seth takes our company motto very seriously, wasting neither money nor time as he strives to produce excellent work. Pike Motorworks is his favorite jobsite in his extensive Cruncher portfolio, located on Capitol Hill in Seattle. When asked what motivates him, he responded, “my family and job,” an answer that exemplifies the core community values we strive to embody as a company.

The Cruncher family takes a backseat only to his own family, according to Seth. He is the proud father of Bryden, 3, and Layla, just 9 months old. Seth readily admits that his wife is his hero, and that fatherhood is his proudest achievement. He reflects that, as a Cruncher, he feels “part of a tight-knit family that takes pride in what we do.” He acknowledges that perseverance is his greatest strength, an attribute which has served him well as an ironworker. His family-oriented approach to life and work demonstrate a sense of loyalty that is hard to come by these days.

Despite his deep sense of commitment to work and family, Seth is far from a solemn guy, just as his Cruncher nickname of Kanye would indicate. When you meet him, it’s readily apparent what an intense fireball of activity he can be. Seth is a crowd favorite at work, and it is easy to see why. He’s as American as apple pie, from his enthusiasm for great music (he enjoys everything, “rock, rap, country, etc.,” but named Ozzy Osbourne as his all-time favorite artist) to his favorite foods (turkey and cheese sandwiches for lunch, and chocolate mint ice cream). He’s clearly a man’s man as well, expressing a love of pool, bowling, camping, and home renovations as some of his hobbies. Having grown up in Olympia, Seth is a Northwesterner through and through – when asked what the best part of living in the Pacific Northwest was, he answered simply “the trees.” His wife had a huge smile on her face when she tapped Richard Gere to play Seth in a movie of his life, and the choice is apt. Seth is friendly and instantly likeable, and his exuberance is infectious, which makes him a fantastic foreman and friend.

We’re very lucky to call Seth a part of our Cruncher family, and we’re proud of his drive and work ethic. He would be an asset to any organization, and certainly makes the name of Cruncher Construction shine brighter through his perseverance and hard work.

*This piece is the first of what we hope will be an enlightening and enjoyable series on the people that make Cruncher Construction a unique, wonderful place to work.*

New Project: Cascades 1 and 2 in Seattle

We’re pleased to announce a new project we started in Seattle this past Friday! The Cascades 1 and 2 buildings in the South Lake Union urban center will incorporate pedestrian paths in the building design as well as outdoor plazas for residents and neighbors to enjoy. This collaboration with Stegin Structural Concrete will be a fantastic addition to this beautiful neighborhood, and will include plenty of commercial and residential space to provide for the expansion of the existing neighborhood. Check out the site proposal online for further details on this creative design.

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