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Elliott Bay Seawall earns Washington Project of the Year Featured

Parsons announces that the Washington Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) recently named the Elliott Bay Seawall project the 2017 Project of the Year in the Disaster or Emergency Construction/Repair category for a project valued at more than $75 million. The award recognizes excellence in management and administration for the successful completion of a public works project.


Parsons is the prime consultant on the Elliott Bay Seawall that stretches 1.5 miles along the downtown Seattle waterfront. The corporation provides overall program management and serves as the engineer of record, delivering design and construction support services to the project team. To meet the aggressive schedule for this one of a kind waterfront resiliency project, the Parsons design team used Parsons’ in house construction resources to inform project design, means and methods, construction sequencing and staging, as well as estimating and risk evaluation.

“Parsons’ engineering and project management approach gave the City of Seattle the added value of independent construction expertise coupled with a team focused on providing a full suite of services to ensure that all project elements were closely coordinated and delivered on schedule,” said Michael Johnson, Parsons Group President. “That’s the extra-mile service for which Parsons is known.”

With the original 75-year-old Seattle seawall at risk for collapse in an earthquake, the new Elliott Bay Seawall will be seismically resistant and protect the city’s downtown waterfront from wind-driven waves and the erosive tidal forces of Puget Sound and Elliott Bay. It will support and protect State Route 99, rail lines, the ferry terminal, and major public and private utilities, including power for downtown Seattle and the western seaboard. In addition, the project will restore the salmon migration corridor and improve the marine ecosystem along the seawall.

Source: Parsons

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