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$1.8B WA Convention Center Work Underway

Friday, January 24, 2020

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Construction is well underway on the $1.8 billion expansion to Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center.

Progress reports indicate foundation pours and structural steel work are in process as well as a report of a quality control contract.

Project Background

Designed by LMN Architects the 1.5 million-square-foot space dubbed “the Summit building” is set to incorporate 1.25 million square feet of convention space, 250,000 square feet of parking, retail and office space (located both above and below grade) and a 60,000-square-foot ballroom.

“The building engages the urban form at all of its 15 levels while each facade presents a highly interactive, transparent edge, blurring the boundaries of the site with the city context and the building program,” according to LMN.

Clark-Lewis

Construction is well underway on the $1.8 billion expansion to Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center.

“Each program component embraces natural light and the major program spaces are connected vertically through the use of two large atriums.”

The project also includes two adjacent blocks of mixed-use co-development towers planned as a 542,000 square-foot office tower and a 404-unit residential tower.

The venture is spearheaded by a joint venture of Clark Construction and Lease Crutcher Lewis, which was awarded a $960 million contract from King County Public Facilities District in 2016.

That contract came after an early bout of turmoil with joint venture Skanska-Hunt Construction Group, which sued WSCC officials after being removed from the project in March 2016.

At that time, officials said that the JV, which was initially selected in June 2015 for the project, “wasn’t the right fit.” Skanska-Hunt sued, alleging that the termination violated the parties’ agreement and state regulations.

The parties reached a settlement that May of an undisclosed amount, enabling the new round of bidding that led to the Clark-Lewis hire.

The building is expected to be complete in 2021 and is aiming for LEED Gold status. It’s reported that once complete, it will generate $260 million annually and 3,900 direct and indirect jobs.

LMN Architects

Designed by LMN Architects the 1.5 million-square-foot space dubbed “the Summit building” is set to incorporate 1.25 million square feet of convention space, 250,000 square feet of parking, retail and office space (located both above and below grade) and a 60,000-square-foot ballroom.

The project is also working toward a voluntary goal of $80 million in women- and minority-owned business enterprise contractors and is working to create 6,000 union construction jobs along with an estimated 900 apprenticeships.

What Now

According to REJournals, St. Louis-based Kwame Building Group began work at the site earlier this month. The firm was hired as a subconsultant to the Clark-Lewis team to augment the project’s quality assurance and quality control staff.

In addition, the WSCC work update notes that:

  • there are continued excavation and shoring operations onsite;
  • foundations, waterproofing and vertical concrete are in progress;
  • erection of structural steel is in progress; and
  • loading and exporting soil from the worksite is still in progress.

In its December newsletter, the project noted that it is using the “billboarding” method for structural steel, which includes constructing the building from east to west, instead of bottom to top.

The steel rises in one of five geographic zones at a time, and each zone will top out at full height as the next zone’s steel erection begins. The team says that this approach aims to simplify logistics and improve workflow.

   

Tagged categories: Commercial Construction; Convention Centers; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Structural steel

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