Roof repairs, environmental cleanup top Port of Tacoma Commission agenda

Port of Tacoma commissioners are expected to vote this week on whether to spend nearly $4 million to replace the roofs covering two Port-owned buildings on the Tacoma tide flats.

The buildings, located at 401 Alexander Avenue and 2000 Taylor Way, were identified as part of a priority list of asset reinvestment projects that were a result of developing the organization’s strategic plan. The project calls for removing and replacing the existing roofs, repairing structural deterioration, and providing safety improvements for maintenance access on both buildings. In addition, the building located at 2000 Taylor Way will undergo drainage improvements to eliminate future water damage.

The total project is expected to cost approximately $3.9 million, which includes $395,300 in design costs (funding for this phase was approved in April) and approximately $3.5 million in construction costs. If the request is approved by commissioners, Port of Tacoma staff would advertise for bids next week, award a contract next month, and complete the project in December.

A third building, located at 3319 Lincoln Avenue, was also identified as a candidate for reinvestment. According to Port of Tacoma staff, repairing the roof isn’t justified at this time due to the “functional obsolescence of the building and the lack of a commercial driver.”

Commissioners will also consider a request for further environmental cleanup action to investigate petroleum contamination on portions of two Port-owned properties.

The Port of Tacoma Commission is expected to vote on these issue during its meeting on Weds., July 10 at noon at The Fabulich Center (Room 104), located at 3600 Port of Tacoma Road. The agenda and meeting materials are available online here. Commission meetings are streamed live on the Web and archived for later viewing.