Case Studies

Tim Ryan Construction Inc.

Generations of Quality Work

From his company’s humble beginnings in 1957, Tim Ryan has built Tim Ryan Construction Inc. (TRC) into one of Washington state’s largest construction firms. Ryan originally founded the firm in Kirkland, about 11 miles northeast of Seattle, and he specialized in the construction of high-quality residential homes throughout King County. Ryan’s attention to detail and on-site presence quickly established the firm’s reputation in the tight-knit community.

During the economically turbulent years of the ’70s, Ryan decided to move the company both literally and figuratively. He relocated the firm to Kingston, Wash., in the heart of Puget Sound. He also oversaw the firm’s transition from residential construction into commercial construction, remodeling and development. He ensured, however, that the qualities that had made Tim Ryan Construction so popular in the residential industry were carried over into the commercial field as well. One of the firm’s first commercial projects, the development and construction of the Poulsbo Village Shopping Center, established TRC’s position of excellence in the commercial construction industry.

The Region’s First LEED Platinum Building
Today, Tim has since been joined by sons Dan and Kevin, who both graduated from Washington State University with degrees in Construction Management. With the addition of his two sons, the TRC management team now provides clients a dedicated team with over 100 years of combined experience in the construction industry, including sectors such as commercial office buildings, high-tech medical, restaurants, retail and financial institutions.

Dan, who serves as TRC company president, is making sure that TRC stays on the cutting edge of technology and was recently certified as a LEED Accredited Professional. Dan is excited about a new project that is allowing him to put his newly certified skills to use. TRC has been contracted to convert a former Sears Tire Center, a run-down 30,000-square foot facility built in 1948, into a LEED Platinum headquarters for a prominent local architectural firm, Rice Fergus Miller Architects (RFMA). To achieve the Platinum rating, the firm plans on creating a hybrid natural and mechanical ventilation system, higher-quality, more efficient windows, a super-insulated exterior skin, and a 5,000-gallon rainwater collection facility that will collect 100 percent of the site’s irrigation needs. Reclaimed usage of salvaged construction materials is also planned to achieve the coveted rating. Upon completion, it will be the first LEED Platinum-certified commercial building on the Olympic Peninsula.

Corporate Headquarters for one of the Region’s Largest Private Employers
As Dan looks towards the future he sees more LEED-certified projects, but it’s been conventional commercial construction that has made TRC the industry leader in western Washington, as well as a player in Alaska. The firm recently just completed a new corporate headquarters for Skookum Contract Services, a non-profit organization that provides jobs for individuals with disabilities. [“Skookum” is Chinook for “high quality,” so it’s highly appropriate TRC was chosen for the task.] The project entailed the complete renovation of a 19,000-square foot facility that formerly housed an automobile dealership. TRC partnered with RFMA again for the project and provided pre-construction planning, cost estimating and evaluation, and scheduling services in addition to the general construction of the project.

Jeff Dolven, president and CEO of Skookum Contract Services, had this to say about his experience with TRC: “We are so pleased with our selection of Tim Ryan Construction for the remodel of our new building. Their attention to detail and coordination of all the contractors was outstanding. The most exciting part was that our project was finished ahead of schedule.”

That kind of glowing recommendation from clients is typical at TRC. The firm did such an outstanding job on several projects for the Suquamish Tribe that the tribe selected TRC to construct a veteran’s memorial to commemorate the tribe’s military service members. The memorial consists of interpretative panels supported by intricately carved posts. It also incorporates a canoe-shaped wall of granite with all of the veterans’ names chiseled into the rock. The project also calls for a circular plaza with lighted flag poles and a curved seating area where tribe members can sit and reflect.

The wide variety of these outstanding projects illustrates the flexibility and quality that have become synonymous with the name Tim Ryan Construction over the years. As Dan and Kevin continue to follow the practices that made their father a success, Tim Ryan Construction Inc. will continue to be an industry leader in the Northwest.

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Spring 2018



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