January 2017

 January 2017

Celebrating the holidays, the new year, and a Seahawks playoff game win! The team celebrated the season with dinner and games!

New Years Day atop Artist Point! Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! Photo taken by our admin, Lauren, during a lunch break in the snow.


August 2016

 August 2016
The Lund Opsahl’s annual picnic featured a 2016 Olympics theme, full of competitive games and fantastic food!


The Washington Place project is continuing to extend vertically, reaching level 11 of the 20-story tower.  Lund Opsahl teamed with Absher Construction and Group West Con on this project which is now visible from all parts of the valley. Thank you to the ownership team, Washington Place LLP, for sharing these drone aerial photos!


July 2016

 July 2016
The $20 million Vashon Center for the Arts is now open! Lund Opsahl is pleased to have been a part of the project! The team included LMN Architects, CDi+Mazzetti, Stantec, AHBL, C&N Consultants, Murase Associates, Sellen Construction, and The Shalleck Collaborative.

hinghayinthenewsHing Hay Park is nearing completion and set to open soon! Lund Opsahl worked with MIG|SvR and Studio Fifty50 on the design of several structural elements in the expansion including custom bleachers and an iconic gateway sculpture.

seawawards-adamCongratulations to Adam Slivers on his Award for Outstanding Service from Structural Engineers Association of Washington!

continuing-education-lunchLund Opsahl crew hard at work at their Brown Bag Continuing Education Seminars on Thursdays.


June 2016

 June 2016
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“If you see me on the ground, can you brush me off and put me on my bike?”  Erik shreds the laws of physics on Stevens Pass Downhill Bike Park.

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“Set your goals high and don’t stop until you get there.”

CONSIDER MOUNT SHASTA CONQUERED: When Rebecca isn’t designing structures at Lund Opsahl, she’s off playing in the snow at 14,000 ft.


May 2016

May 2016 
The Daily Journal of Commerce recognizes 11 Design Projects with 2016 Citation Awards. Lund Opsahl provided structural engineering on four of the 11 projects featured in the DJC: Kirtley Cole Construction Adaptive Reuse in Everett, Housing Hope – Twin Lake Landing at Marysville, Henry M. Jackson Park in Everett, and Camano Island Library on Camano Island. Congrats to our team, HKP Architects, Design Northwest Architects, Fabor Construction, SVR Landscape Architects, Stig Carlson Architecture, and Kirtley Cole Construction!

Photo courtesy of HKP Architects and Mike Penney

Photo courtesy of HKP Architects and Mike Penney Photograph

The Daily Journal of Commerce featured the Henry M. Jackson Park as the “Project of the Week.” Lund Opsahl collaborated with HKP Architects and SvR Landscape Architects to design the public facilities with integrated green features in the photos above.

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Construction is underway of the Salvation Army Eastside Community Center in Bellevue.   Shown above is the first level of timber framing and structural CMU gym walls.  Lund Opsahl was effective in providing a four-inch reveal in the large bay window clear-story near the top of the CMU walls.  Thank you to Ankrom Moisan Architects and GLY construction for the seamless planning and erection.

Photo courtesy of HKP Architects and Mike Penney

Photo courtesy of HKP Architects and Mike Penney Photographer

AIA of Northwest Washington recognized the Henry Jackson Park renovation for a Citation Award. Congratulations to the design team of HKP Architects and SvR Landscape Architects.

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The Kingsgate Library grand opening was a success! The Daily Journal of Commerce recently highlighted this renovation project in May. Proud to be a part of the team, Lund Opsahl congratulates  Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Archtitects, Westmark Construction, and Parsons Brinckerhoff for the success of this project.

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A few members of the Lund Opsahl team took advantage of the nice weather to admire the PT design at the Washington Place Project.  It is always a great site visit when you have a clear view of Mount Rainier from the PT deck! Construction is progressing well. Absher is at level eight of the 20-story building.

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The Level A aluminum Cryogen Vents for the Swedish Cherry Hill Imaging Suite are all wrapped with a Northwest flair! CRĒO Industrial Arts designed and installed the cryogen vents that are used to exhaust helium gas that cools the 20,000lb MRI magnets in the event of a coolant failure. The graphic artist was Israel Shotridge from Shotridge Studios on Vashon Island. Lund Opsahl designed the supports for the cryogen vent to the existing plaza structure and reviewed the crane loading during art installation. Thanks to the team of CallisonRTKL, Notkin, Stantec, Mortenson, and Ness & Campbell Crane.


April 2016

April 2016 

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The 5th + Columbia Tower project is taking shape. Lund Opsahl is working with The Erection Company and JTM Construction providing construction support services for the steel erection, crane sequencing, manlifts and miscellaneous structural consulting on the 44 story tower in the heart of downtown Seattle. The contractor is anticipating a month in schedule savings by sequencing a temporary luffing and derrick crane at the roof level.

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The  Amazon Rufus 2.0 Biosphere project has topped-out!  Lund Opsahl provided construction support to sequence and erect the project. Teaming with The Erection Company, Sellen Construction, and Safway Services we were able to develop and coordinate the loads to develop and detail a unique universal joint that accommodated the exclusive connections.

Photo courtesy of Alex Garland.

Photo courtesy of Alex Garland.

The 16,000 SF Optimism Brewery was featured in the Daily Journal of Commerce’s “Project of the Week.” Lund Opsahl worked to transform the dilapidated structure into art with the collaboration of Olson Kundig Architects and Metis Construction. Did we mention that their beverages are first-class, too?!

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The race is on to finish the complex performing arts theater prior to opening day at the Vashon Center for the Arts. The elaborate projects has been an outstanding success with the collaboration of LMN Architects and Sellen Construction.



We are proud to see the progress of the Washington Place Project. Construction is underway on Level 6 of the 20 story building.  Lund Opsahl is working closely with General Contractor Absher and Concrete Sub Conco to ensure a successful project through construction.


February 2016

February 2016WM Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park 940x425The Daily Journal of Commerce announced the bidding for the Eagle Harbor Park.  The $1.25 million park renovation construction project is scheduled to start mid-year.  Lund Opsahl collaborated with Walker Macy Landscape Architecture and Patano Studio Architecture for the design of the project.


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The Daily Journal of Commerce featured the Meridian Center for Health as its “Project of the Week.”


January 2016

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The Waterfront Park Pavilion is out for bid! The structural design for the multi-use shelter at the freshly renovated Bainbridge Island Waterfront Park was awarded to our design team by Walker Macy and Patano Studio.

Lund Opsahl worked closely with Patano Studio to engineer fully concealed timber connections, highlighting the simplicity of the structure and the natural beauty of the wood itself. The back wall of the shelter is a translucent sliding panel that opens the pavilion up, allowing park goers to escape the northwest rains while still enjoying the views of beautiful Eagle Harbor.


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The first level of post-tensioning tendons are being placed for the Washington Place Hotel and Parking Garage.  By using a post-tensioned concrete slab, long spans were able to be achieved while maintaining a thin slab profile, maximizing the floor to ceiling heights of the building.


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Who says engineers can’t have fun? They certainly don’t work for us!  We sure enjoyed the Monster Jam.  Although, it’s still a mystery who coordinated the Lund Opsahl colors on the track!


Photo courtesy of Alex Garland.

Photo courtesy of Alex Garland.

The Daily Journal of Commerce just published an educational article, “Tips from an engineer on making your old building seismically sound,” where our very own Marjorie Lund enlightens building owners on the target areas for economical seismic upgrades in historic and unreinforced masonry buildings.


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Progress on the Washington Place Hotel and Parking Garage construction, is shown above. The concrete slab has been designed to span up to 29’ between columns to allow for a flexible floor layout according to the owner’s request.


December 2015

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All smiles after our LO Iron Chef Cooking Competition disguised as our 2015 holiday party! Our crew broke up into three groups pitting our skills against each other knowing full well, there could only be one Iron Chef. Big thanks to all that came out. The food, drinks, and banter was amazing (special thanks to Santa for the quick visit). Our growing firm is looking onward to 2016!!!

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Lund Opsahl is a one stop shop for contractors’ means and methods during the construction process, shown here is the Museum of Flight structure in assembly.

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Namaste, thank you, from our community to Peter Opsahl, Scott Douglas, and Sabina Surana for briefing the SEAW association about the efforts and recovery of Nepalese people after the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on April 28, 2015.  The prompt service of these American engineers to drop everything to give back to the world is truly remarkable.

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Optimism Brewery is “Officially Open” on Capitol Hill at 1158 Broadway, Seattle, WA!  For more information of the renovation process and seismic upgrade of the historic building to a modern day brewery, check out their website.

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Our very own Peter Opsahl is presenting for SEAW on the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015.  Peter had the unique opportunity to help a team of engineers evaluate post-earthquake buildings assessments in the devastated region.  The seminar is scheduled for December 14, 2015 at 4-7:00pm, for more information see “Briefing on the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes.”

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The Yakima Herald recognized the Cowiche Canyon Ice House and Bar with a great article: “Cowiche Canyon Kitchen claims two regional design awards.”

In addition, the The Daily Journal of Commerce also provided some great press as the “Project of the Week.”

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Meridian Center for Health has just opened for business to serve our community.  The Daily Journal of Commerce provided an esteemed article “$22.5M health center opening in North Seattle” about MCH. 

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Optimism Brewery is getting great reviews across the city. Capitol Hill Seattle Blog says: “Tech powered Optimism Brewing is the new king of beers on Capital Hill.”

“Tech powered Optimism Brewing is the new king of beers on Capitol Hill”.

In addition, KOMO news has published a pictorial piece “A massive, dog friendly brewery just opened in Capitol Hill”.


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Lund Opsahl structurally transformed, Rein Fire Ranch, a 7000 SF pole barn to a seismically upgraded event space.  Sistered trusses and bracing gives the heavy timber connections a unique rustic look.   For move information on the Rein Fire Ranch see link.


November 2015

November 2015

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Congratulations to Scott Shapiro, S+H Works Architecture, and Lund Opsahl for recognition of BASE Capitol Hill micro apartment complex. For more information about the finalist award, see this “Micro Apartment Finalist for ULI Award” link in the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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The crew at Sellen Construction was faced with the challenge of shoring two sides of the 8 story basement excavation at the Centre 425 project in Bellevue without soil nails or tie backs. To achieve this, they constructed half of the floor plan for the basement parking levels starting at the top and working their way down, using the floor slabs to brace the shoring wall. Lund Opsahl was hired to design a steel framed laydown floor to support the formwork tables suspended from threaded rods below. This innovation allowed ongoing excavation while the post-tensioned concrete slabs were being constructed. Once cast, the formwork was cycled down and work began on the next floor. Conventional reshoring of the remaining floor plan, a pile supported tower crane, and elevated construction walkway cantilevered from the shoring wall were also provided as part of our construction support engineering services for this project.


October 2015

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Lund Opsahl designs erection plans for clients to resist gravity and lateral loads during the construction process, shown here is the Museum of Flight structure in assembly.


The Yakima Herald just published an honorable article in reference to the Cowiche Canyon Kitchen + Ice House.  The restaurant just received top awards from the AIA of Central Washington.

AIA of Central Washington has recognized Cowiche Canyon Kitchen & Ice House for two awards of excellence: “2015 Honor Award and 2015 Craftsmanship Award.”

Congrats to: Graham Snyder, Grahm Baba Architects, Lund Opsahl Structural Engineers, RH2 Engineering, Allworth Design, and VK Powell Construction.

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The building strives to meet the goal of creating a place that celebrates craft and fits the agricultural vernacular and history of the valley.

Jury Comments:
“This place rocks. Yakima watched and waited, a little nervous about the concrete box at the end of the block. But look at it now. Indoor/outdoor on all sides. The kitchen is exposed, but not in your face.  It is all about sense of place and the elevation of it,  from the smudge pots turned into light fixtures to the walls of firewood and apple boxes in the chiller. This  place is “Oh wow!” from any entry point. The kitchen should be very worried because the food should be every bit as fabulous as its surroundings. Good luck with that!”

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Construction on the Meridian Center for Health is wrapping up with substantial completion targeted for the second week of November.  This LEED Gold facility will provide healthcare services to low income families in the North Seattle area.  Lund Opsahl has worked closely with the NBBJ and Lease Crutcher Lewis to ensure a successful project through construction.  It is rewarding to see all our hard work come to fruition!

Corewall finalAfter pouring nearly 2,000 cubic yards of concrete, the 10ft thick Washington Place foundation work is wrapping up and now we’re building vertical. Pictured here is the concrete elevator core reinforcement extending upwards from the foundation.  The elevator core serves as the primary lateral force resisting element in the event of an earthquake or wind storm.


Washington Place Hotel piles have been driven.  To account for poor soil conditions, the building is supported by 18” and 24” diameter steel driven piles with 150 foot embedment into the earth.  The tower has approximately 200 piles total to be driven.

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At Tilt 49, a large residential and office project being constructed by Mortenson Construction, Lund Opsahl was hired to provide construction support in a tight, urban site in the Denny Triangle. One of the more challenging aspects was a pile supported tower crane foundation. Due to site restrictions, the pile cap is located above grade and actually cantilevers over the edge of the excavation as shown above.

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Mortenson decided to have a little fun with the mass of concrete on the corner of Boren and Howell streets. “GO HAWKS!” Construction support for large scale contractors is one large task for the engineering teams at Lund Opsahl.  Including but not limited to: shoring, tiebacks, wale beams, crane foundations, high rise steel erection, man lift installations, and temporary bracing.

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Not only is Andy a master at Revit he also sings acapella for the Mariners at Safeco Field.

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Engineering is the art of controlled chaos. Shown here are the newly installed composite glulam scissor trusses with two inch diameter bottom chord rods and steel gusset plates tying the system together. In some cases to design the connections of this truss we found the failing mechanism was the timber resultant of the perpendicular and parallel to grain lateral shear capacity.


September 2015

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Currently were are in the construction administration phase with LMN Architects and Sellen Construction on the Vashon Island Center for the Arts.  Shown in the figure above is the long span timber composite trusses and cold form steel framing in process.  As structural engineers we are keeping a close eye on deflections of the members as the dead loads are applied.

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September 25 was National Steel day, and needless to say for Lund Opsahl, it was a major success.  AISC sponsored LO to a steel code refresher seminar and pizza party.  Then we all rallied for a field trip to Nucor Steel Corporation were we saw firsthand how steel is fabricated from recycled material.  This tour was a hands on excursion starting off with a quick history lesson of the plant.  As we climbed up the structure we witnessed the overhead crane moving about securing the presorted salvaged steel with two large electromagnets dropping the steel off into large castor pods.  The filled pods then traveled into the building to be dumped into the molten kiln vat.  As the pod came near the kiln the lid swung open and the pod explosively dropped the recycled steel into superheated molten vat ignited by AC current induced graphite rods and natural gas.  From there, the molten steel was cast into a constant stream of glowing orange bands that traveled beneath our feet to high speed rolling jigs.  The cast billet was pulled and squeezed through the jigs at a rapid pace down to thin profiles of rebar. What a tour, Nucor is a true testament of the hard work that goes into construction here in the Northwest and America.

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The Structural Engineers Association of California asked Marjorie Lund to participate in their annual convention as a guest speaker in a Women in Engineering Panel Discussion and as a mentor for the Younger Members Forum shown above.


Guess what Seattle? Optimism Brewery is slated to open in about a month! We can’t wait to show you all the structural detail they have invested in. Shown here is a structural catwalk partially suspended from the existing roof and partially supported by attaching to the existing timber gravity columns.  Bottoms up!

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Picnic 2015

The work ‘ohana spending quality time together at the Lund Opsahl Summer Pa’ina.  Kalbi short ribs was where it was at!