Nelson Electric was brought on to the project early in the
“Because of the level of trust and history we have with the
developer, Kemper Development Co.—who owns all the properties in the Bellevue Collection—they involved us very early
in a consultative role,” said Brian Heeb, controller and owner,
Nelson Electric. “This was a negotiated, design/assist project—the capstone of a 30-year relationship with the owner.”
“The fact that there were five contracts and that we had to
coordinate systems—fire alarm, security, lighting control—that
are throughout the building that have to tie together in different
phases was a little bit challenging and required coordination
as we segregated different sections of the project to meet the
inspection requirements of the state,” said Lezlie Lang, project
manager, Nelson Electric.
One of the biggest challenges involved site access.
“Some parts of the project were open to the public while
other parts were still under construction, so having to figure out
how to segregate those areas and get things signed off required
a lot of coordination between all the trades and [the city],” Lang
said. “Our solution was to close off stairwells at certain levels
because the levels above were under construction and those
under the level were being tested and approved by the city.”
Scheduling deliveries in off-hours was one solution to the
materials challenge. One large loading dock was being used by
Nelson Electric as well as other general and electrical contrac-
tors that also were working in the building on tenant buildouts.
“We got materials in there during off-hours at 4 a.m. for a
6 a.m. job-starting time just to get the building complete,” said
Kevin Nelson, owner and project manager, retail structures,
As the company approached the end of the project, another
challenge emerged: finishing the shell and core and scheduling
inspections while starting work on the tenant buildouts.
“Since we had to make sure the tenants had everything they
needed from the shell and core to get lined up to start on tenant
improvements, we increased the crew to get everything done
on time,” Nelson said.
Foy Group Corp.
Working under general contractor Skanska USA Building, Foy
Group Corp. of Seattle is in the last phase of the Line 1. 5 Project
for the Boeing Co., a rework of one building in preparation for
construction of the new 737 MAX final assembly line.
Because Boeing couldn’t stop normal production, construction
took place alongside the existing assembly lines. Foy Group was
involved in replacing outdated substations, the 480-volt distribution power, due to the arc flash study completed by an electrical
engineering firm hired by Boeing. The old panels were not rated
to withstand the new requirements, so replacements and associated equipment were necessary for the new final assembly line.
At the start of the project, Foy Group replaced a single-ended substation with a new double-ended one and updated
panels per the arc flash study.
“The new double-ended substation will give them more versatility,” said J.J. Hjorten, project manager, Foy Group.
Foy Group then made room in the new assembly line by
relocating existing tooling groups within the building. Once the
groups were relocated, they began on the buildout of the new
moving line, which is more than 1,000 feet long.
“Boeing works three shifts a day in most parts of the plant,
so we needed to work with the production managers and the
tooling groups to find windows where they would allow us to
shut down power to the equipment while we replaced the gear,”
Hjorten said. “There were many times we had to change our
schedule at the last minute in order to meet their needs.”
As a way to help with Boeing’s schedule, Foy Group worked
on major holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas during
shutdowns to complete the project.
This dedication is a common thread in projects all over Seattle that have been touched by the city’s hard-working ECs.
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Foy Group is reworking
a building for Boeing’s
737 MAX assembly line.