The new state-of-the-art amusement ride at Pier 57, where visitors experience the illusion of flying over the state’s most picturesque scenery, occupies the space that was previously taken by the carousel. W.G. Clark completed the reconstruction of the pier, structural modifications, additional showrooms and mezzanines, as well as specialty wood finishes throughout the ride areas and theater. Our marine contractor partner completed the below-pier structural modifications to support the ride, which was assembled offsite and floated to the pier via barge and set by crane. The building and structure were then built around the ride equipment. The project required intensive coordination among multiple engineering and attraction/theatrical designers and vendors that spanned from Canada to Florida and an always evolving design.
Among the challenges for W.G. Clark’s Special Projects Group were the complexity of the remodel in a marine environment with tight space and little to no margin of error for clearances, the demolition and rebuild of a historic structure that had to meet landmark design requirements, and the management of multiple city and state regulations, permitting and inspections related to structural renovations. The project was honored with an AGC of Washington Build Washington award for tenant improvements over $5,000,000.