Major structural steel erection for the tower decks was completed in October; this means that the rooftop steel will be the structural focus for November and December. The perimeter roof steel is being erected currently and has reached the tower’s highest point at the northwest corner. Topping out the tower steel marks yet another significant milestone for the project. Tower decks have been successfully poured out with concrete; the final rooftop slab was completed at the beginning of November. Another significant process beginning in November is the removal of the current tower crane and installation of a rooftop crane. This removal and installation sequence will require a great deal of coordination and logistics and has been carefully planned by the JTM field and office team. After the tower crane is removed, each floor from Level H to 45 will be decked and infilled. Curtain wall activities are progressing steadily and the crew is hitting 3-4 day floor completion cycles. The curtain wall team will reach the tower’s halfway point in mid-November. At Levels 1-5 (known as the podium), curtain wall and glazing is set to begin this week. The south lobbies will be the first podium areas to receive glazing installation. Within the tower, all elevators are under construction and the Rainier Club garage elevator was the first successful elevator completion for the project.
For safety, the west sidewalk between Columbia Street and Marion Street will remain closed to pedestrians throughout the duration of the project. The west side traffic lane will be closed for construction Monday – Friday, between 6 p.m. and 3 p.m. and on Saturdays (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) as required.
The north sidewalk between 5th Avenue and the Rainier Club’s eastern property line will remain closed
throughout the duration of the project as this is a concrete pumping station and will serve as the location for a construction elevator and other primary building functions.
4th Avenue has been reopened for the public. Deliveries of curtain wall glazing unit bunks and structural steel will also continue along 5th Ave.