The Steilacoom ferry terminal will reopen May 22 following a remodel inside and out. The terminal, at 56 Union Ave. in Steilacoom, closed Jan. 4 for the work.
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.
Merritt Arch PLLC was the architect for the project and WestCoast Contracting Inc. served as general contractor. The project cost about $470,000 and was paid for by the Facility Preservation Fund, which is made up of money 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.
The Pierce County Ferry System provides service between Steilacoom and Anderson and Ketron islands.