The city of Seattle is known for its innovation and creativity, and MacDonald-Miller has been part of this forward-thinking mindset for decades. We’ve leveraged our technical expertise to become a major player in the ever-changing landscape of the Emerald City. A current initiative that reflects our level of ingenuity is the construction of the 8th & Howell project for the R.C. Hedreen Company. This immense undertaking will consist of over 1 million SF encompass an entire city block, and become the largest hotel in Seattle history.


MacMiller loves a good challenge and a project this size certainly has its share of them. To create operational efficiency for such a large project, we are utilizing our pre-fabrication capabilities and multi-trade rack innovation for high-level implementation. Our detailing efforts have included targeting both repetitive bathroom and guest room spaces to maximize the use of wall pre-fab rough-ins, guest room ceiling assemblies, and vertical riser systems. Multi-trade racks, manufactured in our own prefabrication facility, will drive efficient installation and space planning for the crowded ceiling spaces in the public areas. This approach is designed to move labor off the site and into the shop, doing a significant amount of work before certain aspects of the job site are even ready.


This is the type of project that truly brings to light why MacMiller is so respected in the marketplace – we’re known for our ability to harness several complicated systems into one integrated system that performs perfectly.
Reagan Perry, Executive VP of Construction Sales


The energy efficient design will be one of the first projects of its size designed to meet the 2012 Energy Code. It will include a 3000-ton high efficiency chiller plant, roof-mounted cooling towers, heat recovery systems, low-flow plumbing fixtures, domestic water pre-heat, and variable speed pumping throughout the building. Custom air handling units, VAV terminal units, hot water heating and a high-efficiency boiler plant will serve ductwork systems throughout the building. Ballroom and meeting rooms will be designed with low velocity ceiling diffusers and sound attenuation to ensure sound levels support the intended use in the large meeting spaces. The final system will be designed and verified to a LEED Gold certification, meaning that 8th & Howell will be one of the most efficient structures in the city.



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