ARTS at King Street Station was conceived to increase opportunities for local artists to display their work. Because the exhibits change every few months, our team installed kinetic walls in the gallery space to adapt and accommodate different exhibits. Other general scopes include ensuring all areas of the renovation were ADA compliant. We accomplished this with compliant floor leveling, doors, restrooms, and cane detection rails.
The renovation occurred two floors above the active Amtrak station. We took all necessary steps to both minimize our disruption of station activities and maintain safety and security of the jobsite. These steps included such efforts as locked elevators providing access to our space, coordination with Amtrak security personnel, testing of fire systems during non-revenue occupancy hours, fall protection requirements at open landing spaces, construction of containment to separate construction and public access spaces, among others. This was a very high-profile project with frequent visitors and consideration for safety was at the foremost.
To guarantee completion before the first exhibit in March 2019, the space was subdivided into five distinct areas with various trades working simultaneously and rotating through the various spaces. Weekly meetings with the City and Amtrak stakeholders were held to keep the project moving forward. We used three-week look-ahead schedules and subcontractor resource schedules to track future work. At one point during the installation of the kinetic wall system, lead was discovered. Our team was able to mitigate the issue by coordinating abatement plans and having the abatement contractor mobilize immediately after the plans were drawn. The project suffered from minimal lost time and was still completed in time for the first exhibition.
This project is pending a LEED Gold certification in accordance with the current version of LEED V4 for Interior Design and Construction. Among the unique efforts to accomplish this certification, our team value engineered the sound absorbing wall system to meet LEED certification requirements (which also lessened disruption. We also diverted 20 tons of waste from a landfill to appropriate waste streams and met Seattle’s strict energy code.
Centennial’s work was awarded a 2019 Build Washington Award for Construction Excellence by the Associated General Contractors of Washington for Public Buildings $2 Million – $5 Million. Centennial also received a safety award for performance that included this project.