Pier 50 / Colman Dock – Phase 1

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Featured Project: Washington State Department of Transportation, Phase 1 Colman Dock Terminal; King County Water Taxi & Kitsap Fast Ferries Walk-On Passenger Terminal
Type of Project: Wayfinding and Primary Identification Signage

We secured the signage contract for the completed and reopened King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferries walk-on passenger terminal for Phase 1 of the Colman Dock renovation project in Seattle. The new facility opened on August 12, 2019 and serves commuters, travelers, and tourists pass through the terminal on their way between downtown Seattle and West Seattle, Vashon, Bremerton, Kingston, and coming next year, Southworth. This site is part of a larger plan that will reimagine Seattle’s Waterfront District in the wake of the removal of the SR-99 Alaskan Way Viaduct. 

Per the King County website: “The new Pier 50 passenger-only ferry terminal features a new covered facility with capacity for about 500 people and is a significant improvement from the previous facility, which left many passengers out in the elements while waiting. Additional features include ADA improvements, including a tactile path and tactile signs for the visually impaired, an elevator to the new pedestrian bridge that connects to the new Washington State Ferries terminal, and an ADA assistance station.

The total cost of the project is $45 million, which includes the new building and the new float for boats to dock. Approximately 80 percent of the funding came from a grant from the Federal Transit Administration.”

The main exterior pylon sign for Colman Dock's Pier 50 walk-on passenger ferry terminal features aluminum, acrylic and pan halo illuminated letters.

The bulk of the terminal signage package is comprised of directional wayfinding (both exterior and interior) along with ADA/regulatory signage required for operation. The package also includes a new pylon sign and structure at the edge of the terminal to better direct foot traffic and oversized logo identification to let passengers know they’re in the right place. 

Highlights of the signage package include:

  • Exterior Main Pylon IDThis sign is a 36 x 60” aluminum double face cabinet featuring 2” deep aluminum reverse pan halo LED illuminated letters (“50”) along with push through sign white acrylic in addition to white and black 1/4” aluminum logo sets. The pylon sign was installed for maximum visibility along Alaskan Way on wide flange steel beams supported in concrete footing and is primarily visible from the north and south.
  • Exterior ID: Logos were fabricated from .5” thick aluminum flat cut for both the King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferries. These striking ID signs are hard to miss installed on the exterior side of the walk-on ferry terminal closest to the docking area and exit for passengers leaving the vessel.
  • Overhead Direction ID: These signs were fabricated from 2” square tube frame and durable aluminum sign panel faces painted to match with white vinyl graphics applied for wayfinding throughout the terminal. All signs installed with custom square mounting plates to steel beams.
  • ADA / Regulatory Signs: Fabricated from aluminum and photopolymer with custom paint match throughout the ferry terminal.
  • Overhead Directional: The overhead directional number system signs were installed for clear and easy line management for walk-on ferry passenger loading.
  • Informational Panels: Fabricated and installed in the customer ticket kiosk area.

More about the Washington State Department of Transportation Colman Dock project here: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Ferries/ColmanMultimodalTerminal/default.htm

More about Seattle’s new Waterfront projects here: https://waterfrontseattle.org/waterfront-projects/alaskan-way


View our previous work on the SR99 Tunnel Project here: https://atomic-temporary-126441658.wpcomstaging.com/2019/02/18/sr-99-tunnel-project/


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