Water Future

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Here’s an interesting website collaboration by VCS Denmark and members of the Danish water industry.

Infrastructure Neglect

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Here’s another informative reminder about the state of essential infrastructure in the US, published last year by Wharton business school.

The article speaks for itself.  Pay me now or pay me later, as they say.

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Seattle’s Historic Piers Reopen For Summer 2015

Finishing touches for pedestrian walkways along the waterfront

Finishing touches for pedestrian walkways along the waterfront

 

Yesterday marked the summer reopening of Seattle’s historic piers. Boardwalks are in, parking areas complete, businesses open. Here is Waterfront Seattle’s update.

Take a visit to the waterfront and check out the progress! If you’d like a tour please leave a request at the Contact Us page.

Summer 2015 Arrives At Seattle’s Seawall Project

View south along newly paved Alaskan Way at Waterfront Park

View south along newly paved Alaskan Way at Waterfront Park

As the summer tourist season ramps up, finishing touches are the order of the day at the north end of the Seattle Seawall construction zone.  Alaskan Way is now paved at the completed wall section along Waterfront Park.  Installation of lighting and traffic control, landscape features, utility details, as well as boardwalk access to the historic central piers furiously progresses as June comes to a close.  Here is Waterfront Seattle’s June 25th update.

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View directly south at the north end of seawall construction zone

View north at Pier 57

View north at Pier 57

Boardwalk support structure at Pier 55

Boardwalk support structure at Pier 55

Boardwalk installed at Pier 55

Boardwalk installed at Pier 55

View south along Pier 55 boardwalk

View south along Pier 55 boardwalk

The return of Ivars!

The return of Ivars!

Final Touches For Seattle Seawall Construction At Waterfront Park

View north along Waterfront Park

View north along Waterfront Park

Alaskan Way’s new form is taking shape at the north end of central seawall construction, along Waterfront Park. At the end of April the mass excavation trench still dominated the scene. Now, curb and gutter, sidewalks and other finished surfaces conceal the complex web of subsurface components.  Paving is scheduled to begin June 23rd.

Here is yesterday’s project update from Waterfront Seattle.

The end of June marks a transition point in the construction schedule, with the focus moving to the south end of the project through October 2015. Temporary pedestrian access will allow pier businesses to reopen for the summer tourist season.

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 Plenty of major utility restoration was completed in May.  High voltage electrical duct banks were constructed.

SCL duct bank installation

View north – SCL duct bank installation

View north - SCL duct back concrete installed

View north – SCL duct bank concrete poured

Water main and fire hydrants were installed.

View south - water main installation

View south – water main installation

Utility connections at the waterside of the seawall were required, with electrical services in protective cages.

Partially complete protective cage for electrical service at Pier 57

Partially complete protective cage for electrical service at Pier 57

Then, time to backfill the big trench.

View north - backfill in progress

View north – backfill in progress

View north - backfill in progress

View north – backfill in progress

The land-side temporary shoring wall was cut down.

View south - cutting the shoring wall

View south – cutting the east shoring wall

Light-penetrating surface panels, sidewalk and surface finishes were installed.

New LPS and conventional sidewalks at Waterfront Park

New LPS and conventional sidewalks at Waterfront Park

View south at entry to Waterfront Park

View south at entry to Waterfront Park

North end of construction -  waiting for final sidewalk segment

North end of construction – waiting for final sidewalk segment

Here’s something of a cut-away view of the very north end of the finished wall construction, showing the various layers and components that make up the restored condition in the vicinity of Waterfront Park. This is the end of the season’s construction, so you see a bit of the transition to a temporary summer condition designed to maximize public access until construction resumes in October.

Looking west - north extent of construction

Looking west – north extent of construction

View south at north end of construction

View south at north end of construction

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On Tuesday, June 23rd, Scott will moderate a panel discussion about the present and future of Seattle’s Waterfront redevelopment for SMPS at the Harbor Club in Seattle.  A walking tour of the construction site follows.  Registration is open, seats are available.  Here’s the link:  On the Waterfront: Seattle’s Front Porch – Present & Future

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Shelving for the Seattle Seawall Habitat Zone

The finishing touch on the new Seattle Seawall’s fish-friendly habitat zone is the installation of habitat shelves at the wall face.  These structures have so far been placed along the wall extending south near Pier 57 and are the focal point of Waterfront Seattle’s April 23rd weekly project update. This prior post has background detail aboutContinue Reading

Closing The Seattle Seawall Superstructure At Waterfront Park

Construction activity continues at the Elliot Bay Seawall Project .  The wall structure is nearing completion along Waterfront Park, while Improved Soil Mass jet-grouting continues at the south end of the current excavation zone. This quick post provides a glimpse of current status and shows the final steps required for completing the assembly of theContinue Reading

Light Penetrating Sidewalk At The Seattle Seawall

The “capper” on the superstructure of the rebuilt Elliott Bay Seawall is the new sidewalk comprised of light penetrating surface panels, a key element in the design of the improved habitat zone. Waterfront Seattle’s March 12th weekly progress update highlights this feature, with some video showing the installation south of Colman Dock. Here’s our priorContinue Reading

New Seawall Structure Takes Shape Along Seattle’s Waterfront Park

The new seawall for Seattle’s historic pier district continues to take shape as modular zee panels have been installed on top of the recently installed vertical wall panels. These precast elements weigh nearly 20 tons each and will support the cantilevered light-penetrating sidewalk. The work goes quickly with a heavy crane and experienced construction personnel. Waterfront Seattle’sContinue Reading

The Seattle Seawall And Salmon Migration Routes

Seawall construction progress continues in full force. One of the objectives of the seawall design is to improve juvenile salmon migration prospects. This is being accomplished by establishing a new habitat zone along the wall. Here’s an informative 2013 article by QUEST Northwest to help explain the purpose of this environmental feature of the project.Continue Reading

Featured Project – Seawall

We have the opportunity of coordinating utility protection and relocation at the intersection of several large projects.  Our specific project is the Elliott Bay Seawall Project for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).  All these projects are happening in the same space and time, with the viaduct project well underway and the other projects in design.  Each project is either directly served by utilities or requires that existing utilities be protected in place or relocated.  How hard could that be?  <<READ MORE>>