If you and your guests are thinking of visiting Pike Place Market over the holiday season, you may be in for a few surprises when visiting your favorite spots. Well into Phase 2 of its $68.6 million, four-year renovation project, a number of businesses are now undergoing relocation and in a few cases, closure within the Market. This part of the renovation will run into the spring of 2011.
However, construction is now in “slowdown” mode for the rest of the year. Business is currently brisk, with the vendors in full holiday mode. Shopping is always a fun and festive event at Pike Place Market, and their website now has a link where you can get the latest news about your favorite shops and restaurants. Click on this construction summary site for more details. You can also sign up for an online feed to keep you abreast of the latest Market news.
For example, five portable containers fitted with power, ramps, and water supply will be in operation in front of the Market and in place until springtime. Choice Produce and El Mercado Latino are currently located in these containers, with Quality Produce to follow. Quality Cheese and Pike Place Market Creamery will also share a container.
Public Restrooms received a makeover too. Rebuilding the designated women’s room in the First and Pine building is nearing completion, and a new unisex restroom on the First Avenue floor of the Corner Market should now be open. New restroom transformation of the Rummage Hall has also been completed. You can find the Rummage Hall’s inside location at the rear of the Soames Dunn building for the winter, and its Western Avenue location will remain open until springtime.
The focus of the renovation work is to upgrade the Market’s core infrastructure. This includes all mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems, installing a four-pipe system serving each of its eight buildings, and implementing new main switch gear. Leading the renovations is Turner Construction, which is also in charge of all seismic work, adding three new elevators serving all Market floors, and upgrading the Market’s exterior skin to now withstand salt air and UV rays.
The Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (PDA) is working with all affected tenants on everything from packing up to temporary relocation, as well as arrangements to keep business activity going in each venue. PDA is determined to keep the Market fully operational to vendors, residents and tourists during renovation.
The Market will be closed on Christmas and New Years Day. And, when construction gets back into full swing on January 3rd, a number of businesses will be affected. Keep tabs on construction with the construction summary link above, and you can also check out the entire website at http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/
November 13, 2007 by James
Filed under 5th, 5thMadison, Central Seattle Library, Club House, Concierge, Courtyard, Exercise Room, LEED Certification, Ruffcorn Mott Hinthorne Stine, Turner Construction, Zipcar
Address: 909 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
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Newspaper headlines for 5th and Madison boast healthy, active downtown living and “built green” (one of the top 10 green built in America). Designed by architects Ruffcorn Mott Hinthorne Stine and built by Turner Construction, 5th and Madison is located across the street from the Central Seattle Library in the Financial District. The project is a renovation of the existing 40-story Bank of California office tower. Green features included 30% less energy and water usage. This high-rise is one of the first in the country to obtain a Gold Standard LEED certification for it’s leadership in environmental design. Ground-level green space is a half acre of landscaped drought-tolerant native plants with a water channel and waterfall. Even paints, adhesives and sealants are all low or no volatile organic compounds (VOC). Many of this tower’s affluent homebuyers seek healthier lifestyles and are concerned about fuel-effeciency. One-bedrooms and one-bedrooms plus dens were originally priced from the $500’s to $1.1 million. Penthouses from $1.9 million to $2.6 million.
- Year Built: 2007
- Number of Units: 126
- Number of Stories: 24
- Exterior: Cement/Concrete, Steel, Glass
- Parking: Common Garage
- Pets: Subj to Restrictions
- H/O Dues Included: Central Hot Water, Earthquake Ins., Garbage, Water/Sewer
- Common Property Features & Amenities: Cable TV, Elevator, Exercise Room, Fire Sprinklers, Lobby Entrance, Concierge, Courtyard, Club Room
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*Data is deemed to be reliable, but not guaranteed. In some cases, number of units may include commercial and residential spaces and/or height may or may not include a 13th floor.