The walls are tumbling down - our latest construction project!
Work began in mid-January on the restoration and rebuilding of the west, south and east walls of the Seaport’s historic Balfour Dock Building. A combination of a Washington State Historical Society – Heritage Capital Projects grant of $750,000 and private donations raised by the Seaport are paying for the $1.4 million of work now underway.
As work progresses on the building, care is being taken to preserve the existing structural elements of the building as well as both the exterior and interior siding where possible. All siding must be removed and then evaluated to determine whether the wood pieces can be reused on the building or must be discarded. This painstaking and important work is being done in partnership with the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.
Olson Kundig Architects is working with the Seaport to make sure that once the renovation and rebuilding is complete in September of 2014 the exterior walls will look very much as they did when the building was first constructed. Thirty original windows frames, restored by Bear Wood Windows of Tacoma, are being used where possible. Some modifications are being made to improve views to the Thea Foss Waterway, provide freight access to the building and increase egress to meet present codes for public use. The Seaport’s original 60 clerestory windows were also restored by Bear Wood Windows and reinstalled in 2010.
The Seaport is using Jones and Roberts Company as the primary contractor on the work, the same contractor that was used on the dramatic glass wall on the north end of the building.
Be sure to check out the slideshow below to see photos. New images are added as the work progresses.