Bethaday Community Learning Space

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Bethaday Community Learning Space

24,000 sf | Seattle, Washington | Special Projects

Hermanson is proud to have been a key team member in the construction of a very special educational structure, the 24,000 sf Bethaday Community Learning Space. This is a unique community and technology training center located in White Center, owned and operated by the Technology Access Foundation (TAF). TAF is a leader in STEM-focused (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. They focus on creating social change and educational equality by preparing underserved, minority students for success in a technology-driven world.

Hermanson was originally selected by Foushee for full mechanical plan spec construction that included radiant flooring, custom air handlers and a hydronic system with pumps. The project, as a whole, ended up in excess of the allowable budget, and TAF was at risk of losing its funding. Foushee, familiar with Hermanson’s Design-Build experience, asked us to value engineer the mechanical scope in hopes of reducing cost. Brian Morant, the Project Manager and Monty Rogers, the Account Executive, worked with Foushee and the owner to create a solution. Instead of installing expensive, complex systems that required extensive routine maintenance and servicing, it was determined that the facility just needed its basic needs met – a system that required very little maintenance and that could easily be controlled from the front office – so we installed a simple air handler with VAV system. Through solid collaboration between Hermanson, Foushee, and the Owner, the Bethaday Community Learning Space project was able to stay within budget and successfully receive funding. The result is a beautiful and functional building that achieves its great purpose.

Completed in 2012