An Update on Our Implementation of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order

Update: April 15, 2020

520 Westlake Avenue N. – South Lake Union 
The state of Washington has deemed the excavation and shoring necessary to make the project area structurally stable and safe as essential. GLY will  recommence construction with site safety measures in place that comply with the current recommendations of government agencies.

Jackson Apartments – Central Area
The state of Washington has deemed the construction work necessary to support a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) for the grocery store as essential. Therefore, Exxel Pacific will recommence construction so that the contractors can complete the minimum work needed to ensure that the store can open. The future grocery store general contractor (CSI Construction) also continues construction. Safety measures are in place that comply with the current recommendations of government agencies.

April 2, 2020

On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee announced new guidance for workplaces in our state, including construction sites, to slow the spread of COVID‑19. Under the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, construction projects across the state are not considered essential business, with the exception of those related to necessary activities like healthcare, supporting a public purpose, or preventing issues like spoliation, damage and unsafe conditions.
 
Health and safety is a top priority for Vulcan Real Estate. In compliance with the Governor’s order, Vulcan has ceased construction at our development sites, with the exception of work related to “essential activities” as described in the order and/or stabilization, security, and maintenance activities. For most of our projects you will see very limited on-site activity. However, some work will continue with active measures in place to prevent the spread of illness on the job sites such as limiting the number of workers on site, hot water hand wash stations, delineated travel paths, and more. Following is a status update of Vulcan Real Estate’s development projects:
In compliance with the Governor’s order, Vulcan has ceased construction at our development sites, with the exception of work related to “essential activities”

520 Westlake Avenue N. – South Lake Union

This construction site will require significant ongoing work to ensure its integrity. Since the Governor’s proclamation, Vulcan and our general contractor, GLY, have worked to develop a plan for the 520 Westlake Avenue N. site at the southeast corner of Westlake and Mercer Streets in South Lake Union. The existing temporary shoring is not intended to be in-place as a primary support for an extended time and a permanent below-grade structure is necessary to ensure the structural integrity of the site and the bordering streets. Therefore, due to safety issues that would result from an immediate work stoppage, construction activities will continue until the permanent below-grade structure is complete. The plan also applies to the site at the northeast corner of Westlake and Mercer where the project field office and dewatering equipment are located. At this time, work on site has been significantly reduced while heightened safety protocols are established for the essential workers who will return to the site to complete the work described above.
Aerial view of the 520 Westlake Avenue N. job site.

Jackson Apartments – Central Area

The Jackson Apartments project at 2401 S. Jackson Street at the southeast corner of S. Jackson Street and 23rd Avenue S. includes a grocery store component which falls within the category of “essential services.” In order for the grocer to open on time, work needs to continue on the interior build out of the grocery space. Exxel employees will also be on site daily to ensure the safety and security of the site.
Aerial view of the Jackson Apartments job site.

555 108th Ave NE – Bellevue CBD

In accordance with the state mandate to Stay Home - Stay Healthy, our general contractor, Turner Construction Company, has ceased all work beyond general site security, safety, ecology, and maintenance. At times, there will be limited, essential staff on site and they will follow COVID-19 Labor & Industries work protocols to perform the above duties.

117 106th Avenue NE – Bellevue CBD

Construction activities at the Bellevue Plaza redevelopment site are limited to site security, safety, and maintenance.
As this unprecedented situation evolves, we will continue working with our state and city governments, our partners and our communities to ensure Vulcan Real Estate's offices and worksites remain safe and in full compliance with regulations designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. To learn more about the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order as it relates to building and construction, please visit the Governor's website, linked here.
Health and safety is a top priority for Vulcan Real Estate.
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