New Mukilteo ferry terminal building takes shape on the waterfront

Nov 07, 2018
Courtesy of: Washington State Ferries The foundation of the future passenger building looks out over the Mukilteo waterfront.

The stage is set, the foundation laid. The outlines of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal building are finally visible on the Mukilteo waterfront, one-third of a mile east of the current building.

Construction is slated to begin this spring on the terminal building, holding lanes, toll booths, and all other components needed for operation.

This puts the terminal on track to open to the public in fall 2020.

The terminal building is designed to be light on the earth. It will be constructed to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification, which honors WSF’s commitment to tribal partners.

It integrates solar panels, natural ventilation, rain water harvesting, enhanced stormwater treatment, native plantings, and other green design elements into the building and surrounding landscaping.

 

On the road to construction

 

To increase the competition and number of bidders for this phase of construction, WSF split the package into two contracts – upland buildings and marine structures – rather than the single contract they advertised last summer, that ultimately came in well over budget.

WSF says they took the lessons learned from that first round of contractor bids to find ways to reduce project costs. They advertised the uplands contract to bidders on Oct. 22 and will open those bids on Nov. 21.

With the second contract, the marine portion, WSF says they knew they had some time before advertising it to work on securing more funding and get a clearer picture of costs, which will come when they see the bids for the uplands contract later this month.

This project is funded, however some bids came in above estimates because of escalating costs on items like steel and fuel.

The marine portion goes out for bids in early 2019.

When it opens to the public in 2020, the new Mukilteo ferry terminal will provide passengers with improved transit connections, safer and more efficient loading facilities, and improve the appearance of and access to the Mukilteo waterfront.

To stay in touch with the project, visit www.bit.ly/MukilteoMultimodal, email MukilteoProject@wsdot.wa.gov, or call 425-367-8997.

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