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Construction at CWB’s South Lake Union Home is Underway

January 4, 2010
The work is underway

The work is underway at Waterway Four

With plenty of hammering, sawing and drilling, the CWB’s big winter building project picked up momentum Saturday  thanks to a team of a half-dozen or more volunteers who joined a work party on the docks.

“It keeps me out of trouble,” volunteer John Vargo said. A carpenter who lives in Seattle, Vargo helped cut 4-by-6-inch wood beams to 16-foot lengths as joists for the decking on a floating dock as part of the project.

Volunteer Denise Salo went out for a run around Lake Union Saturday morning when she spotted another volunteer on the work party.

“He was standing here with a sledgehammer in his hand, and it looked like fun to me,” she said. “So I went and got my work clothes on.”

In her normal day job, Salo works as a construction project manager.

“That’s been slow,” she said, “so I get to use my skills here.”

Under the direction of Heron Scott, the CWB’s lead boatwright and capital project manager, the volunteers stripped the old, substandard decking off a cement dock and began rebuilding it with sturdier lumber. The 16-by-63-foot floating dock, which is filled with closed-cell foam for buoyancy, will stretch along the west side of the center. From the dock, a metal ramp will lead up to the newly built parking area just south of the former Naval Reserve building in Lake Union Park, serving as a new entrance to the center from the park.

Other elements of the $388,000 project include upgrading the south entrance to the center with a new dock and ramp and replacing old creosote-treated wooden pilings with steel ones under the boathouse, boat shop and docks. In addition, the boathouse and boat shop will be moved further from the south shore of the lake to improve the circulation of water there.

Work on the project started in early October and plans call for its completion in March.

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