Pier 62

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Pier 62 timeline

About the project

New Pier 62 is open now! To know more about the new park and its upcoming events, visit Friends of Waterfront Seattle’s new website.

In June 2020, the City of Seattle completed the major construction elements of the rebuilt Pier 62. Historically a pier where concerts and events had been held, the pier required infrastructure improvements to create a safer, more welcoming and more sustainable space.

The rebuilt pier was designed to be a flexible park space with views of Elliott Bay, the Olympics and the Seattle skyline. A floating dock provides direct access to the water and will include art by artist Stephen Vitiello. New grating along the seawall increases light to the nearshore salmon habitat below. The rebuilt pier also includes new handrails and embedded LED lighting.

Respecting public health guidance, the City has opened Pier 62 on September 20, 2020. Replaced with 175 steel piles and poured with 214 new concrete deck panels, new Pier 62 provides nearly 40,000 square feet of park space for everyone to relax. The new Pier 62 will once again host programming and activities administered by Friends of Waterfront Seattle. They will provide flexible seating, park maintenance and temporary set commissions later this fall. Stay tuned on the pier’s information by signing up for our program email list at the bottom of the page.

The City intends to remove Pier 63 to continue improving nearshore habitat for salmon and other marine life. We are currently in the early permitting phases for that work. Pier 63 will likely be removed around the same time that Pier 58 is being rebuilt, with an anticipated construction duration from approximately late 2022 to the end of 2024. Pier 63 removal activities could occur anytime during that timeframe. We plan to keep Pier 62 open to the public during Pier 63 removal, though there may need to be temporary closures.

Art

Stephen Vitiello has been commissioned to build Land Buoy Bells, a site-specific, environmentally driven sound installation on the floating dock at Pier 62. The work began development in 2013, when aspects of Waterfront Seattle were still in planning stages. The project has gone through location and concept changes but a constant has been the idea to create a work that is performed by the environment, allowing for random patterns and rhythms to occur based on any given moment, producing an ongoing, ever-changing composition.

Land Buoy Bells uses industrial materials – steel tank ends - and transforms them into a set of 5 instruments. The bell-like objects are struck at various moments as energy is stored up in an engineered device driven by the rise and fall of the waters that encompass the floating dock.

Stephen Vitiello would like to acknowledge the project team of Fabrication Specialties, Ltd. and Stuart Kendall, Engineer. He also extends thank yous to Mutuus Studios (Kristen and Saul Becker) and Eric Fredericksen.

Rendering of a floating doc that includes an art installation where metal half-sphere shapes are mounted vertically on a structure attached to the foundations of a dock.
Land Buoy Bells will create sounds and rhythms that harmonize with the ongoing life on the waterfront, including voices, natural, environmental and industrial sounds

How we built it

Construction to rebuild Pier 62 began in December 2017 and was completed in June 2020. Watch the video of early construction, a timelapse video showing construction through its completion and click through the slider below to learn more about the construction process!

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