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County Courthouse renovation project to begin in August

The $72 million expansion and renovation of the Snohomish County Courthouse campus should get underway next month.

EVERETT — The $72 million expansion and renovation of the Snohomish County Courthouse campus should get underway next month.
Snohomish County Executive Director Ken Klein briefed the Everett City Council on the construction schedule at its meeting last week.
A decommissioning of the veterans memorial will be held on July 27, with the plan to have the eternal flame statue and flags recommissioned in “a more prominent location” by next Memorial Day, Klein said.
Hoffman Construction begins mobilization on Aug. 1, which includes putting up fencing on Wall Street and Wetmore Avenue. Construction officially begins on Aug. 8.
The five-story addition is scheduled to be completed by December 2019, and the interior renovations are scheduled to be completed by December 2020. The addition will be constructed during the day, and the indoor renovations will be done at night, starting at 5 p.m., to not interrupt the workday.
There will, however, be other interruptions in the immediate area. During construction, street parking will not be available on the east side of Wetmore Avenue, or on the south side of Wall Street. These streets will be used for construction deliveries, and flaggers will be present. Some parking will be restored after the completion of the addition in 2019, but parking won’t be fully restored until the project is complete in 2020.
The bus stop on Wetmore and all nearby crosswalks will have full availability during construction.
Construction workers have been directed not to park in the county parking garage or surface lot, and to instead use the lot on Pacific Avenue and Lombard Avenue, the transit center, or the Port Gardner garage at Rockefeller Avenue and California Street. There will be about 40 to 50 construction workers on site at a time.
The new five-story tower will be built and connected to the north side of the current courthouse. This will add about 30,000 square feet to the courthouse.
A five-story addition was built on the courthouse in 1967; it is this addition that will receive the major interior renovations.
About 54,000 square feet of the courthouse will be given safety upgrades to help it withstand earthquakes and make the building fully ADA-compliant to be more accessible for all. The upgraded building will include more security on the first level and up-to-date elevators and restrooms.
The Snohomish County Courthouse was built in 1911 after the previous courthouse burned down two years before. It is often referred to as the Mission Building after its California mission-style architecture. The Mission Building is not part of the renovations.
Klein said last week he views this project as a “great opportunity for economic development” and that it “showcases that Snohomish County is a great place to work, build, and make this community a better place.”



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