Location: Seattle, WA
The Seattle King Street Coach Yard supports the operations of various train lines using Seattle's King Street Station, including the Empire Builder, which travels from Seattle to Chicago; the Coast Starlight, which travels from Seattle to Los Angeles; and the Cascades, which travels from Vancouver, B.C., through Seattle, to Eugene, Oregon. The yard also maintains commuter trains travelling between Seattle and Tacoma, and Seattle and Everett. Michael Baker provided construction management services to support the design-build of the new Cascades Maintenance Facility (Phase 1) and a new warehouse and Administrative and Health Welfare Building (Phase 2) at the Seattle King Street Coach Yard. Phase 1 consists of track modifications on the north side of the yard, utility modifications within the footprint of the proposed maintenance facility and surrounding area, demolition of the existing Talgo and Amtrak truing facilities, and construction of the proposed new maintenance facility. Included in this phase is the relocation of the Talgo wheel truing operation to the south side of the maintenance yard, Phase 2 consists of consolidation of materials storage and lockers/shops to the south in the existing warehouse building; demolition of approximately 450 feet of the existing warehouse; and construction of the new building including materials warehouse storage on the first floor, and administrative offices and health/welfare facilities on the second and third floors. Continuous communication and project team cohesiveness, combined with construction management oversight, were integral to safely streamlining and accelerating project design and construction, while maintaining costs. The result was a highly successful project measured by its early delivery and significant cost savings.