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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.

Design Statement:
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.

Andy Mariners

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.