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Seattle Country Day School project

Tucked away amongst the residential neighborhood of Queen Anne of Seattle, the Seattle Country Day School project consisted of a two-phase summer project that included the complete renovation of the school’s classrooms, offices and their 4,750 SF gymnasium in one of the four main buildings on campus.

The project was broken up into two-phases in order to accommodate the academic schedule and both were performed during the student’s summer vacation. In the Summer of 2011, the team focused on the upper portions of the gym and the renovation of the existing classrooms, knowing in advance that the following summer would be dedicated to installing a brand-new gym floor. Scope of work in the Gymnasium included insulating the roof from the underside, installing acoustical Tectum panels, a brand-new lighting system and painting the exposed wood trusses. Classroom renovation included a complete overhaul of the interiors, complete with new shear walls, double hung windows, brand new casework, HVAC system, fire alarm and lighting system. MRJ was able to complete the project on time and under budget, all while providing the necessary provisions for the upcoming second phase of the project and leaving the school with two brand new classrooms.

The second phase of the project kicked off on the last day of school in the Summer of 2012. MRJ Constructors worked closely with the owners and the design team throughout the year to provide them with value engineering ideas to meet budgets, defining the scope of work to better accommodate faculty and students and coordinating the short duration project schedule. The second phase consisted of providing new spaces for activity rooms, classrooms, offices and bathrooms, installing a new 4,750 SF maple gym floor, removing the old gym floor, re-finishing the old gym floor and giving it a third life by re-using them as the gym’s wall panels, installing a new fire alarm system, HVAC system, A/V system, storefront and bleacher system, providing a brand new TPO roof and constructing a new lobby area between two existing structures.

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"MRJ Constructors was hired to renovate our school's gymnasium and attached classrooms. The type of project necessitated that it be performed over two summer breaks. The MRJ team was brought onto our project during the pre-construction planning and were instrumental in working with the design team. They provided price estimating, scheduling and constructability knowledge allowing our school to set reasonable goals. During construction, the MRJ team was fantastic. Everyone had a great attitude and appeared genuinely happy and interested in producing the best possible product for our school. When problems arose, as they always do, the MRJ team was quick to offer solutions and alternatives, some of which saved us money. From pre-construction through the completion of the punch list, MRJ's expertise, organization, and can-do attitude were vital to the success of our project and I recommend them without hesitation."

Seattle Country Day School (SCDS)

Brett Leslie, Facilities Manager

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