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NEWS|July 31 2019

July Newsletter: A year of construction progress, contributions

Nearly a year has passed since the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) Addition broke ground. Excavation is under way, with much of the site already cleared. Steel erection will begin soon, and installation of the project’s first tower crane is this weekend. This July, we spotlight a year of construction progress and community contributions, as well as our commitment to jobsite safety.


For the Clark/Lewis construction team, safety is a core value and critical to success. Rigorous safety practices govern every activity on the job site, from excavation to shoring to the start of steel erection and assembly of the tower crane.

Comprehensive policies and procedures guide Clark/Lewis’ crane assembly, use, and disassembly. These policies are designed to ensure the structural integrity of crane operations and to safeguard both the jobsite workforce and the neighboring community. Practices include:

  • Working closely with the crane erection company prior to assembly to ensure compliance with our policies.
  • Conducting safety meetings to coordinate, align and approve all efforts before erecting, dismantling or “jumping” a crane – taking weather conditions into account.
  • Testing and inspection of equipment, including by third parties.
  • Monitoring strict adherence to safety policies and procedures, as well as manufacturer guidelines for use.

Investing in the Community

The Addition project is investing $93 million toward community benefits that include affordable housing, pedestrian and bicycle improvements, parks and open spaces, public art, a lid I-5 study, and more. Over the past year, the convention center has already conveyed almost $70 million of the total commitment to City departments and community groups to move ahead on projects.

Last month, leaders from the Washington State Convention Center, the City of Seattle, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, the Cascade Bicycle Club and other civic groups came together to celebrate the most recent $16 million in community benefits conveyed.


Photo Credit: John Curry Photography

Learn more about the project's community investments.

Being a Good Neighbor

Clark/Lewis is working every day to mitigate noise, traffic closures and other construction-related disruptions. We also welcome your questions and comments about the project.

Partner Spotlight  

This month, we’re featuring 1 Alliance Geomatics, a surveying and mapping company that is monitoring the Addition construction site. Learn more about 1 Alliance on our website.

1 Alliance Geomatics CEO


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