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Posted on: May 18, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Remodeled ferry terminal opens May 22

May 18, 2012

The Steilacoom ferry terminal will reopen May 22 following a remodel inside and out. The terminal, located at 56 Union Ave. in Steilacoom, closed Jan. 4 for the work.

"I think our ferry patrons will be pleased with the results and enjoy spending time there," said Deb Wallace, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities airport and ferry administrator. "We appreciate their patience and support during the remodel."

Riders are encouraged to be extra cautious on the ferry landing on May 22 and 23, as workers will be removing the temporary ticketing facilities.

Building improvements

The remodel was completed on time and within budget. Internal improvements include WiFi access, new energy-efficient windows, new flooring, ADA-accessible counter space, expanded office space and hardware upgrades to the ticketing and HVAC systems. External improvements include a new entrance, a new paint job, cedar siding on part of the building, and new columns and railings.

"Our goal was to make the building comfortable and serviceable," Wallace said. "The upgrades were made to last and to expand the lifetime of the building. We focused on energy efficiency, and gave special consideration to using materials that are sustainable, durable and affordable."

Merritt Arch PLLC was the architect for the project, and WestCoast Contracting, Inc. served as general contractor. The project cost approximately $470,000 and was funded by the Facility Preservation Fund, which is made up of funds set aside annually in the Ferry budget for preserving facilities.

The building was last renovated in 1986. A 2010 survey of ferry patrons helped create a mutual vision of the completed facility. The town of Steilacoom helped Pierce County Public Works and Utilities develop a plan that complies with the community's historical preservation guidelines.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony May 30

The public can help celebrate the remodel during a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. May 30 at the terminal. Speakers include Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, County Councilmember Dick Muri (District 6), Anderson Island Citizen Advisory Board ferry liaison Dave Jacobsen, Public Works and Utilities Director Brian Ziegler, and Wallace.

Parking is limited at the terminal. Two-hour spaces are available along Union Avenue. There is also a commercial parking lot just above the terminal on Union Avenue.

The winners of the 2012 ferry photo contest will also be announced at the ceremony. Amateur photographers are invited to submit photos to the Public Works and Utilities Facebook page until 11 p.m. May 24. Contest details are available at

The Pierce County Ferry System provides service between the town of Steilacoom and Anderson and Ketron islands.

Deb Wallace, Public Works and Utilities airport and ferry administrator
(253) 798-7109
[email protected]

Anne Radford, Public Works and Utilities public information officer
(253) 798-2464
[email protected]

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