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Construction team workers lend a hand to philanthropy

December 28, 2017 

By the end of 2017, Children and Family Justice Center construction team workers made enough progress on the project to start building the future facility up from its newly laid foundation. At the same time, several of those workers also invested volunteer hours, donations and resources into good causes outside of the construction site.

Wrapping holiday presents for youth

Construction team members from Howard S. Wright volunteered in December to wrap holiday presents for youth in detention. The presents were distributed during juvenile detention's annual Christmas and holiday celebrations.



Northwest Harvest Drive

Members of the CFJC project construction team hosted a drive in November to collect donations for Northwest Harvest, a non-profit dedicated to Washington state hunger relief. Collectively, the team raised $9,382 and 300 pounds of food. Two-thirds of the donations came from subcontractors and suppliers while the rest was donated directly from the individual laborers, ironworkers, carpenters, electricians and plumbers working on-site. Many funds were raised through prizes subcontractors and vendors donated to a rae hosted at a team BBQ with more than 100 members present. All the funds and food donations were delivered to Northwest Harvest just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Bridges to Prosperity in Bolivia

This last fall, an 11-person Bridges to Prosperity team from Balfour Beatty offices travelled to Bolivia’s Andes mountains to build a footbridge connecting two villages, Tetillas and Cocapata. The team included one person from the Howard S. Wright construction team working on the Children and Family Justice Center.

Two weeks of hard physical work in primitive conditions at over 10,000 ft. elevation went into the cable-suspended bridge that stretches 320 ft. long and approximately 200 ft. above a river gorge. It replaces a treacherous log and mud bridge with no handrails. It also eliminates a difficult traverse down and back up a very steep trail. It improves access for local residents to school, medical facilities, and other resources. Locals hosted two ceremonies and feasts, one by each community at each end of the completed bridge.

Bridges to Prosperity is a nonprofit that builds bridge projects in several developing countries where transportation is difficult and where governments and communities do not have the resources to improve their own infrastructure.The Balfour team was funded by both corporate and individual donations.


Youth paint CFJC mural in King County partnership with local art organizations

November 20, 2017 

A bright new mural now welcomes visitors to King County’s Youth Services Center thanks to a partnership between the Children and Family Justice Center project, 4Culture, Urban ArtWorks, and Juvenile Court’s Eduation & Employment Training (EET) Program.

Juvenile Court staff worked with local non-profit Urban ArtWorks to connect several youth with a paid opportunity to paint a new mural curated by 4Culture and supported by the CFJC project. Urban ArtWorks is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for contemporary artists and local youth to work together to create public works of art. Its goal is to empower young people through professional opportunities in the arts.

Youth painted the mural inside a walkway and courtyard that divides the current Youth Services Center from the construction site of the Children and Family Justice Center, which is scheduled to open by 2020.

Brian Sanchez, one of the lead artists of the mural project, says designing the concept for the work was a collaborative creative process.

“Together, the youth, Urban ArtWorks, and myself set out to create a design that best represented the mission of the CFJC," said Sanchez, on the Urban ArtWorks website. "We talked about the range of support offered through the programs and some of the hardships they were working to overcome. We were aiming to articulate the diverse community that circulates through the facility and compose a mural that felt active, hopeful, and uplifting without
overlooking the hurdles present in this journey."

Mia, one of the youth painters (on the left in the photo), said she found working on the mural therapeutic and learned more about work ethic in an Urban ArtWorks blog.

"I’ve made a couple mistakes with the hard parts, but I’ve gotten to to them and it just makes me feel good about myself."





Images courtesy of Urban ArtWorks








Foundation walls frame base of future facility

October 27, 2017 

CFJC construction crews haven't taken one day of autumn sunshine for granted as they move ahead on erecting foundation walls. Foundation work laying began after the majority of excavation was completed earlier this year. In the photo to the right, crews spray shotcrete in layers to fortify walls. 

Construction work that has already taken place includes the demolition of long-unused buildings, sewer re-routes, excavation, and installation of a tower crane with a 130-foot hook height and 246-foot boom width. Right now, construction workers are assembling the building foundation. The project is on track for completion in 2020.  


Site work for the CFJC project underway

September 20, 2017 

If you’ve passed by the Youth Services Center over the last few months, you’ve noticed that work on Children and Family Justice Center project is well underway. Project contractor Howard S. Wright has demolished a building that had gone unused on the site for years, clearing and preparing the area for construction. 

As construction preparation continues, the site at 1211 Alder Street has been reconfigured with fences dividing new parking areas from the construction zone. The new parking lots include a staff lot on the southwest corner and another lot closest to the entrance for accessible and carpool parking. A larger lot for Youth Services Center staff and visitors is on the northwest corner of the site. This lot is serviced by a valet service that is free with no tips for Youth Services Center staff and visitors.

King County is dedicated to maintaining on-site parking space for Youth Services Center staff and visitors so that impacts on the neighborhood are minimal. More than 50 Youth Services Center employees have taken advantage of carpool, biking and public transit programs to reduce the number of cars coming to the site on weekdays. 

Howard S. Wright’s flaggers on 12th Avenue and 14th Avenue will continue to assist with keeping auto and pedestrian traffic moving safely as trucks access the construction site.




Transit options to grow on 12th Avenue with new Metro bus stop

King County Metro is working with the Children and Family Justice Center Project team to design and add a bus stop in front of the future facility.

This stop will add more easily accessible public transit in a quickly growing area that's recently added streetcar and light rail stops. Bus routes for this stop will be selected toward the final stages of the project, which is scheduled to open in 2020.

Designs for the CFJC include extra space near the stop for benches, potential food carts and other activities in the open area on the 12th Avenue side of the CFJC.

The stop helps provide needed transit service to this neighborhood. It also aids King County's goal of encouraging its employees to use alternatives to single occupant-car commutes to work.

Metro Transit operates one of the greenest bus fleets in the nation. About 70% of its fleet is either hybrid or electric, and it's on track to have an all-hybrid and -electric fleet by 2018.

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