Master Builder

Winter 2021

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W hen Alex Shikhanov came to the United States 18 years ago, he was looking for "a path I could walk for the rest of my life, one that would offer an opportunity for success." Born in Nakhodka, a port city on the Sea of Japan near Vladivostok, Alex attained a law degree and pursued a variety of business ventures in Russia. But when he visited a friend in the Seattle area in the early aughts, he decided the U.S. was the ideal place to start a business he could be passionate about. In 2006, he met a designer who showed him the possibilities of professional design. "I fell in love with the idea of design and build, and the die was cast." So began Alex's journey, one that would lead him to establish Armada Design & Build in Bellevue in 2011. Specializing in everything from kitchens and bathrooms to whole-house remodels and custom builds, Armada navigates every stage of the process, from concept and design to the final build and finish. Efficiency, Speed, and Scale Armada, as the name suggests, is an ambitious company. And a big part of its success is efficiency. In his early years as a trades professional, Alex worked with a variety of general contractors and realized that many were disorganized when it came to actual construction. This got him thinking. "I reasoned if I could be more efficient and complete jobs faster without compromising quality, Armada would be one of just a few contractors offering a speed- and-efficiency-based model." Being able to complete jobs MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Making Waves Armada Design & Build's Ten-Year Voyage BY JAMES SLONE CONTENT SPECIALIST MBAKS FINAL PROJECT PHOTOS: JULIE MANNELL BEFORE The magnitude of change from "before" to "after" on this Sammamish whole-house transformation is a point of pride for Armada. 23 WINTER 2021 | master BUILDER IN EVERY ISSUE

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