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Major Maintenance Building for the Amtrak Cascade Line

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CHG erected a 56,000 square foot, 53 foot tall, Varco Pruden (VP) metal building just south of the King Street Station and near Seattle’s two major sports arenas for Amtrak. This is the first of its kind facility and was designed specifically to maintain the Amtrak Cascade’s Talgo equipment, which is unique to the Pacific Northwest. The building allows Amtrak to service the trains in an enclosed environment and has a unique “pool pit” design allowing easier access to perform maintenance necessary to keep the trains operating with a high rate of utilization.

The building houses a 75-foot span, 10-ton bridge crane that weighs 4,000 pounds. It features a banded liner roof system that provides a bright, durable interior with translucent roof panels for daylighting. The building was erected within 15 feet of active rail lines on both sides, a huge safety concern that required meticulous safety plans. Despite the difficulty there were no time loss incidents in the 9542 total man hours of construction. The project was completed on-time and under the owners original budget. Tetra Tech served as both architect and engineer for the project.

“CHG had a pivotal role being on the critical path in designing, procuring and erecting the building structure for the facility,” said Jason Goetz, project manager for general contractor PCL Construction Services, Inc. “CHG executed their scope of work exceptionally well. CHG project management and site crews stay on top of issues, coordinate very well with all trades, obtain agreed upon schedules and execute their on-site work with safety first.”

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