August 8, 2016

Staff Field Trip 2016

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Taking the water taxi to West Seattle

Each summer the Architecture staff takes one afternoon to venture out on a field trip to tour a building or place of architectural significance or relevance to our rapidly changing cityscape. We are often joined by the Architecture Chair, Brian McLaren, and we traditionally end the excursion with a relaxing lunch, giving us time to enjoy each other’s company and recognize our department achievements over the past year.  Past field trips have included the Seattle Public Library, the Bullitt Center, local architecture firms, and the recently redeveloped “Oxbow” building at Federal Center South.

On August 4, the staff met with Brian in Seattle’s Pioneer Square on a gorgeous sunny morning for a tour of the Alaska Way Viaduct, which will soon be replaced by a massive deep-bore tunnel project that will move State Route 99 underground and reconnect Pioneer Square to the waterfront.  Our tour coordinator from Milepost 31 told us about the history, present, and future of the project. It is a massive and historic undertaking, and we were pleased to have a look at what goes on behind the scenes – as well as the stunning view from a section of the viaduct that has been permanently closed to traffic.

After our tour, we took the Seattle Water Taxi across Elliott Bay to Marination Ma Kai, co-owned and co-founded by former CBE staff member Roz Edison.  It is a favorite spot for locals to gather on a sunny day for delicious Hawaiian-Korean food, refreshing drinks and a panoramic view of our beautiful city.

It was an educational and entertaining day spent together and we look forward to planning our next field trip in summer 2017!

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