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SME Inc of Seattle offers our customers a broad and deep range of electrical services across commercial and industrial industries and residential properties. From tenant improvement, new build or renovations to assembly lines, healthcare facilities or multi- or single-family residences, the team at SME Inc provides experienced engineers and licensed electricians who have the skill and expertise to design, install and complete any project.

Cortina Café

Cortina Café

Dovetail General Contractors | Owner Ethan Stowell Restaurant Group | 7,000 square feet

Tenant Improvement (TI) – Restaurant

The Cortina restaurant was a tenant improvement project in the space that was previously the home of Sullivan’s Steak house at 621 Union St. in Seattle. The project improved almost 7,000 square feet. In coordination with Dovetail Construction, we were able to complete the project with the high-end touch the design team was looking for.

Coming into the project, we knew that the ceiling design/construction would be the biggest challenge to overcome. This would take coordination from every trade involved with the ceiling: mechanical, fire alarm, sprinkler, security/data, electrical, not to mention the acoustical ceiling installer themselves. We first started with a Superplot (a layered drawing that shows everyone’s scope of work). With this information we were able to do a “clash detection” analysis and resolve any issues prior to construction. Once this was completed, we then began to layout the build on the floor, prior to installation. In this way, everyone was working from the same layout and everyone was on the same page.

As we started to transfer the layout to the ceiling and begin construction, we immediately began to realize the tolerances were much closer than we had original anticipated - from ¼” to 1/16”. This may seem like a small difference, but in reality, it was significant.

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