Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Bring on the steel!

Crews launch next phase of construction at Colman Dock

By Suanne Pelley

A whole lot of steel is on the way to Seattle's waterfront. How much steel? About 700 tons—or 1.4 million pounds—of steel is arriving at the Multimodal Terminal Project at Colman Dock. People will see crews begin to erect the steel framing for the next key components of the project, the entry building and the elevated pedestrian connector. An average of four trucks a week for nine weeks will bring this prized commodity to the jobsite.

The first steel arrived on Oct. 19 for the key remaining structures on the Colman Dock project – the entry
building and the elevated pedestrian connector.

By Oct. 22, crews began erecting the steel framing for the new entry building.

This busy terminal serves 10 million passengers per year on two routes as travelers reach key destinations in Kitsap and King counties and beyond. The entry building, a two-story structure that will border Alaskan Way, creates a dynamic portal welcoming both ferry customers and passersby. The entry building will provide ferry ticketing and new retail space on both levels and include three stairways and two elevators for customers to reach the upper level and the passenger terminal building. A new Marion Street pedestrian bridge will link with the entry building on the second level, providing seamless access to the passenger terminal building.

At right is the new entry building to be constructed on the north end of Colman Dock, as seen from Alaskan Way.

Looking south from Alaskan Way at the entry building. The new Marion Street pedestrian bridge is shown connecting to the upper level, allowing direct access to the passenger terminal.

What's the remaining schedule at Colman Dock?

  • By summer of 2022 we will open the remaining two-thirds of the new passenger terminal building, a section of which opened in 2019.
  • In late 2022 or early 2023 we plan to open both the entry building and elevated pedestrian connector.
  • In 2023 the city of Seattle will open the new Marion Street pedestrian bridge, providing access to the terminal from First Avenue. When this new connection is in place, we will remove the temporary pedestrian bridge at Columbia Street.

We look forward to sharing more information as we approach these upcoming milestones!

For more photos, videos and images, please visit the Colman Dock Photo Album. To stay apprised of the Colman Dock project, you can sign up for construction updates or rider alerts for information on the Bainbridge Island or Bremerton routes.