Installer Celebration…Holiday Style!

The unsung heroes of our industry are the incredibly hard working Subcontractors who install your floors. One thing we know for certain is that, without the talents of these craftspeople, the rest of our efforts would be for not. For those reasons, and many others, we stand together as a team and thank our crews for all of their hard work and dedication. You make us proud and we celebrate you; with breakfast and prizes!

Unfortunately we’re not able to showcase all of the subcontractors, but below is a small sampling of the fun we had.

New Patterns Just Arriving!

Extra, Extra, READ ALL ABOUT IT! New products have arrived and we’re digging this trendy color pallet. Think clean, timeless, and minimalist. We’re seeing these colors trend across properties from high-rise to garden style, downtown to suburban. The opportunities are endless.

Crossbeams – Sheet Vinyl

Winter Birch – Carpet

Pathfinder – Sheet Vinyl

Transforming Lives and Revitalizing Communities

AFB was recently afforded an incredible opportunity to bring happiness to a home owner in need through Rebuilding Together Seattle. Rebuilding Together is an especially inspiring organization and below is a beautiful write-up by Michelle Holst of Leisure Care recounting this most recent project.

On Saturday April 29th, I had the distinct pleasure of leading roughly 18 of Leisure Care’s finest in the home renovation of Pauline Adams, a wonderfully industrious homeowner we were paired with through Rebuilding Together Seattle. We participated in a nationwide event called Spring Rebuilding Day – there were 21 other homes like ours being renovated in King County alone and 1,600 across the states with 30,000 volunteers. I love seeing the impact one group of volunteers can make on a person’s livelihood in a single day, and I can safely say that Pauline’s house was no exception.

We couldn’t have done it without the generous material and labor donations from our partners at American Floors and Blinds, HD Supply, and Abacus Electric. Your staff and materials made a world of difference to Pauline and we cannot thank you enough.

 

 

Another successful trade show in the books!

Last Wednesday nearly 1,000 Multifamily professionals gathered at the Meydenbauer Center for WMFHA’s 2017 EdCon with Maintenance Mania. AFB was proud to serve on the planning committee and as an exhibiting sponsor. It was a great event, complete with phenomenal speakers and trainers, the legendary Maintenance Mania competition, and a supplier trade show complete with prizes…lots of prizes!  In case you missed out on the fun happening at the AFB booth, check out the photos below.  Hint….there was cash and a money cube involved. Congrats to everyone on their hard fought winnings!

*Disclaimer: Cash remaining at the end of the day was presented to WMFHA as a donation towards their scholarship fund.

 

 

 

2016 Professional Partner of the Year

irem-awardAFB is proud to announce that we’ve been named The Institute of Real Estate Management Chapter 27’s 2016 Professional Partner of the Year. We’re honored and humbled to be recognized by such distinguished multifamily & commercial property leaders.

We congratulate outgoing President, Greg Anderson of Allied Residential, on a term well served.  We also welcome Karolina Simmons of Blanton Turner as the incoming 2017 President. Both Greg and Karolina are remarkable individuals and we look forward to continuing our support of them, and IREM, in the months and years to come. Thank you IREM!

 

 

 

Seatown Scrounge

A huge shout out to IREM 27 and to all the committee members who created Seatown Scrounge, a Scavenger Hunt that had everyone cracking up and begging for a repeat. An even louder shout out to all of our Waldos…thank you for joining team AFB ~ you are all rock stars!

Our troop of Waldos and Wendas may not have taken home a trophy (I know….we were robbed!) but no one can deny that we were the most enthusiastic. Our team was complete with Barbie Wenda, Ken Waldo, Farmer Waldo, Mama Wenda, and Urban Waldo to name a few. Thank you all again for spending your afternoon with us…..hopefully you had as much fun as we did.

Can you spot Waldo?

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How about now….10 Waldos running wildly around Pioneer Square is not something you easily miss.

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Curious what 100K square feet of laminate flooring looks like?

This may not fit the standard definition of beauty, but there are stars in our eyes as we behold this beautiful sight! Phase I is in the warehouse and installation crews roll out on Monday.100K sq ft laminate

Burien Town Center

This intergenerational project includes Merrill Gardens at Burien senior housing and market rate apartments in the heart of Burien Town Center. Merrill Gardens is slated to open in late 2016 and the apartments will be completed in 2017.  Pillar Properties is partnering with Legacy Partners on this project.

  • 126 senior apartments
  • 228 market rate apartments
  • 4000 square feet ground level retail

 

 

Spa Day on the Golf Course

IREM GolfWhere has the time gone? So much is going on in the industry and we’re lovin’ it!

Our most recent fun-filled extravaganza took place at Willows Run Golf Complex for the annual IREM Scholarship Golf Tournament. It was day of sunshine and sunburns, fresh air, friendship and prizes. Oh, and golf too! We appreciate all of you who took the time to stop in at the 18th hole with us to enjoy a relaxing chair massage. Our theme this year was “spa day” complete with not only chair massages, but also spa appropriate snacks, beverages, a faux chandelier, and sheers blowing in the wind.  Even our company car got a makeover with some oh-so darling headlight eyelashes. We hope you all enjoyed your day on the golf course because we certainly appreciate sponsoring such a worthwhile event.

Thank you everyone….what a wonderful industry to be a part of.

Growing Through Collaboration

In a recent post we made mention of AFB’s “Personality.” We enthusiastically subscribe to six traits that define who we are and what we stand for. What’s our top trait? KNOWLEDGEABLE we continuously grow our expertise.

One way we keep ourselves sharp is through internal collaboration & development. We strive to continue raising the bar against which others are judged, and as such are happy to introduce our 2016 Employee Advisory Board Members!

Emily Graaf

Emily GraafContract Administrator with AFB since 1995.

Favorite Quote: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but the moments that take your breaths away.”

Brad Welcher

Brad 2Purchasing & Inventory Analyst with AFB Since 2013.

Favorite Quote: “…I’ll tell you what…no eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn…”

Mike Passer

Mike PasserCommercial Project Manager with AFB since 2003.

Favorite Quote: “Seriously!”……yes Mike is our resident Funny Guy

Raquel Carss

camera_shyAccounts Payable with AFB since 2009.

Favorite Quote: “Make your words sweet because someday you will have to eat them.”

Brian Jacobs

BrianWarehouse Manager with AFB Since 2014.

Favorite Quote: “life is better when you’re laughing”

 

 

 

 

Helping Santa Deliver Smiles

ChildhavenHoliday Giving GalaToys for Tots

 

 

 

 

The Washington Multi-Family Housing Association’s Holiday Giving Gala charity event was a success raising $17,298.00 for Childhaven.

Over 100 people from the multifamily housing industry attended this gala at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Bellevue. Guests were greeted with songs from the Bellevue Girl Choir, including a rousing rendition of the U.S. Marine Corp Hymn as two Marines entered the room to collect boxes overflowing with donated unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.  AFB proudly sponsored this event in support of these amazing foundations that have such a positive impact on children in need today.