Happy New Year from the 5th and Columbia project! Construction is progressing steadily forward despite the challenges presented by winter weather and the holiday season. The rooftop continues to be a hotspot of activity; following the successful crane dance in December, steel erection is ongoing to put the rooftop grillage and cover in place. The penthouse at the roof is also being framed and dried in; the penthouse is a critical structure for mechanical, HVAC and elevator equipment. Roofing is currently being installed which will allow the tower to be dried in as well, a major milestone for the project during the wet winter months in Seattle. Glazing installation is continuing up the tower and has begun at the lower podium between Levels 2 and 4. Most of the south podium lobby glass is scheduled for completion this month. Also at the podium, crews are erecting the steel framing needed to support the stone veneer walls. Once the steel is finished, the masonry work is set to begin. Up the tower, the glazing crew is working through Levels 27 and 28 and will reach Level 33 by the end of the month. Within the tower, the main service elevator is reaching the top of the building with working moving up through Level 36. Mid-Rise and High-Rise elevators will continue to jumping up through Levels 6-20. In the garage, both parking elevator cars are installed and rail work is nearly complete.
For safety, the west sidewalk between Columbia Street and Marion Street will remain closed to pedestrians throughout the duration of the project. The west side traffic lane will be closed for construction Monday – Friday, between 6 p.m. and 3 p.m. and on Saturdays (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) as required.
The north sidewalk between 5th Avenue and the Rainier Club’s eastern property line will remain closed throughout the duration of the project as this is a concrete pumping station and will serve as the location for a construction elevator and other primary building functions.
4th Avenue has been reopened for the public. Deliveries of curtain wall glazing unit bunks and structural steel will also continue along 5th Ave.