Edmonds Waterfront Center construction firm selected

Senior Center director said there are no delays
By Brian Soergel | Aug 23, 2017

Seattle-based W.G. Clark Construction has been selected as the contractor to build the new Edmonds Waterfront Center.

With substantial progress made in fundraising, design and permitting, selection of the general contractor marks a significant milestone in the process, said Farrell Fleming, Edmonds Senior Center executive director.

“We are thrilled to have W.G. Clark on board,” Fleming said. “Their reputation, professionalism and commitment to community made them the clear choice for our project.”

“We are very selective about the projects we take on in our Special Projects Division,” said W.G. Clark senior project manager Jim Bray. “When our team heard about the Edmonds Waterfront Center, we were all in.”

The Edmonds Senior Center plans to build a new 26,000-square-foot state-of-the-art, sustainable building that offers a range of programs emphasizing health and wellness, recreation and education for people of all ages while still responding to the needs of an aging population living in south Snohomish and north King County.

The plan includes beach restoration and improved access to the rare waterfront site.

The selection comes after the Beacon reported last week that progress on the future Edmonds Waterfront Center could be delayed as the Legislature could not come to an agreement on a $4.2 billion capital construction budget.

But Fleming says that, so far, nothing has been delayed.

“We are full speed ahead with the design and permitting process,” he said. “Our working assumption at this point is that the state will approve a capital budget in this calendar year. However, this is obviously an assumption, and not something we know for sure.”

Proponents of the $11 million center, which would replace the Senior Center on Railroad Avenue, had hoped to secure $3.5 million in state money. They had hoped to begin in 2018, but now might be delayed to 2019, Fleming has said.

During a presentation at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Jennifer Ziegler – the city's contracted lobbyist/government affairs specialist in Olympia, said that the capital construction budget was held up due to the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision. That effectively halted many people from building their homes in areas that depend on well water.

“There is a glimmer of hope,” Ziegler said. “Negotiators met last week to work on an agreement to pass the capital budget.” That means the Legislature could return in the fall and pass that budget.


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