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 Bethaday Community Learning Space a very special 24,000 sf educational structure. This unique community and technology training center is located in White Center and 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.

Working with general contractor Foushee, Hermanson moved from providing full mechanical on plan spec to value engineering the mechanical system when the overall project exceeded its allowable budget and TAF risked losing funding.  Foushee, familiar with Hermanson’s Design-Build experience, asked us to value engineer the mechanical scope in hopes of reducing cost.  Rather than installing the specified expensive, complex systems which required extensive routine maintenance and servicing, Hermanson determined that the facility simply needed its basic needs met – a system that required very little maintenance and could easily be controlled from the front office.  we installed a simple air handler with VAV system. Through solid collaboration between Hermanson, Foushee, and the Owner, a decision was made to install a simple air handler with VAV system and 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