CAPITOL HILL, SEATTLE – Construction on a $3 million ($ 2,116,759.00 as bid plus additives, contract not completed at this time) capital improvement project at Volunteer Park Conservatory will commence in May, 2014.
The project will replace the aging wood glazing system and reinforce the iron structural framework in the Seasonal and Cactus houses of the century-old Victorian-inspired greenhouse. Precise replicas of the structure are to be fabricated in long-lasting extruded aluminum and will match the original historic structure in design, color, texture, and other visual qualities when completed. The existing glass will also be replaced with more efficient safety glazing, which will allow an increase in rated capacity, and provide some energy savings.
This improvement represents the final phase in the Conservatory’s contemporary restoration, which was started in 1993.
In addition the project will replace a 1920s-era production greenhouse with a modern (pre-manufactured industrial 1,550 sf multi-purpose grow facility, which will increase production space and provide a flexible area for educational classes and workshops.
Access to the Conservatory’s Seasonal and Cactus Houses will be restricted during the estimated five month restoration process, followed by building-wide closure during October and November to facilitate additional accessibility improvements in the Palm House. These improvements include expanding walkways and installing new egress to meet ADA and occupational compliance.
Funding for the project comes from a partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Friends of the Conservatory (FOC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy group. Working with the Seattle Parks Foundation as fiscal sponsor, the FOC completed a capitol campaign in 2013 to generate public support and financing.
Kelly Gould of Seattle Parks and Recreation is the project manager. Adam Young Architecture & Design LLC is the project architect and Biwell Construction Inc. of Bellevue, WA, has been awarded the construction contract. Both Adam Young and Biwell Construction worked on the previous phases of the Volunteer Park Conservatory restoration.