Restoration and Capital Improvement Update

Under Contruction!

Construction on the Conservatory is progressing on schedule.  The first, and most dramatic change so far was the abatement and demolition of the defunct upper east production house at the end of May.

Built in the 1920s, the upper-east production house had fallen into disrepair, and had been condemned for several years. The structure provided little more than moody atmosphere against the backdrop of Lakeview Cemetery.

However, the new production house will provide much needed grow space, as well as a flexible are which can be used for education and events.

To see a time-lapse video of the demolition, click here.

Asbestos and lead paint were present in the materials removed, so care was taken in abatement.

Pouring FoundationConcrete forming and site utility work has started. Crews poured the footing for the new production house,  upon followed by stand walls upon which the concrete slab will be poured and eventually will support the new structure.

The Conservatory’s Cactus and Seasonal Houses are making unmistakable progress. The glazing and wooden support beams were removed, albeit more delicately than the production house as the iron support beams will remain in place.

FabricationMeanwhile,  fabrication of extruded aluminum mullion bars is well underway offsite.  The fabrication process is multi-stage and is the single most time consuming element of the project.

Once the fabrication is completed, the components will be brought on-site and assembled to assure proper fitting. the pieces will again be removed to paint, before finally returning to be refitted permanently.

The Conservatory is open to the public from 10 am – 4 pm Tuesday through Sunday through October and the displays are as breathtaking as ever! Be sure to visit throughout the summer to see the project progress.

October through November additional site-wide improvements will necessitate temporary complete closure, with a grand-reopening gala scheduled to take place in December 2014

For questions or concerns about the 2014 Capitol Improvement Project and Restoration, contact Kelly Goold, Seattle Parks and Recreation Project Manager: 206.684.0586

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