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July 6, 2016
A lot next to Hing Hay Park that once housed a nondescript post office is taking shape as a $3 million expansion of the International District park built in 1974.
W.S. Contractors of Buckley kicked off the project in January by removing the old post office at Sixth Avenue South and South King Street. Crews then discovered contaminated soil, and were required to remove 4 feet of earth to clean up the site. That added $370,000 to the cost, according to a Seattle Parks project manager.
The contractor continues to sculpt and prep the project's seatwalls. The city expects the project to be substantially complete next month.
The project manager said finalizing designs for a new gateway arch at Sixth and King has been slowing work a little. The metal gateway is being designed by Studio Fifty50, which also designed the project's red metal stair seating.
Turenscape of Beijing developed conceptual designs. MIG|SvR is the prime landscape architect and civil engineer.
Other team members are Lund Opsahl, structural engineer; dark|light design, lighting design; Travis, Fitzmaurice & Associates, electrical engineer; and C&N Consultants, cost estimator.
W.S. Contractors was the lowest of eight bidders on the project, with a base bid of $1.54 million. Some optional elements bumped the bid to $1.62 million, not including taxes and contingencies.