About the projects

The Waterfront Seattle Program will transform Seattle’s central waterfront, capitalizing on the opportunity created by the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the replacement of the Elliott Bay Seawall.

The program spans the waterfront from Pioneer Square to Belltown. It includes the rebuilt Elliott Bay Seawall, twenty acres of new and improved public space, improved connections between center city neighborhoods and Elliott Bay, critical utility infrastructure, and new Alaskan Way and Elliott Way surface streets to serve all modes of travel.

Learn about the budget and schedule for design and delivery of the waterfront projects.

Explore the future waterfront

Design Commission presentations

Regular updates to the Seattle Design Commission are a great way to view current design progress. Check out the most recent presentations below.

Design plans

Review the latest design plans for the waterfront. The most recent plans are at the top of the list below.

Waterfront projects map – December 2014

Waterfront projects map – full map: December 2014 [PDF, 2 MB]

Learn more about the schedule for the waterfront projects.

Schematic Design: Union Street – April 2014

Schematic Design Reports summarize the work accomplished during the Schematic Design phase and provide an update on design progress as of the report date.

Union Street Schematic Design Report: April 2014 [PDF, 110 MB]

Table of Contents [PDF, 30 KB]

Introduction [PDF, 2 MB]

Analysis [PDF, 944 KB]

Schematic Design [PDF, 6 MB]

Art [PDF, 535 KB]

Coordination [PDF, 34 KB]

Schematic Design: Public Piers – January 2014

Schematic Design Reports summarize the work accomplished during the Schematic Design phase and provide an update on design progress as of the report date.

Schematic Design: Pool Barge – January 2014

Schematic Design Reports summarize the work accomplished during the Schematic Design phase and provide an update on design progress as of the report date.

Schematic Design: Main Corridor – October 2013

Schematic Design Reports summarize the work accomplished during the Schematic Design phase and provide an update on design progress as of the report date.

Schematic Design: Railroad Way – February 2013

Schematic Design Reports summarize the work accomplished during the Schematic Design phase and provide an update on design progress as of the report date.

Foundational design plans

These foundational design and planning documents were shaped by years of design work and community involvement and remain the touchstone for the waterfront design.

Concept Design - July 2012

The Concept Design was released in July 2012 and developed design concepts for the initial core project area of Waterfront Seattle. It strives to create a dynamic and lively public realm at the water's edge, build an intelligent and efficient transportation corridor to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, establish dynamic and robust ecologies along the water's edge, develop a lively program of activities and uses, and promote smart and suitable economic development in and around the central waterfront.

Framework Plan – July 2012

The Framework Plan was released in July 2012 and established a vision for the future of Seattle's Central waterfront.

Strategic Plan – July 2012

Design Summary – July 2012

The Design Summary was released in July 2012 and provides a description and plan for each major design aspect of the project.