no longer need to send trains to Oakland for repair as new service facility
opens in Seattle.
Seattle, WASHINGTON (September 13, 2019) – The new
Locomotive Service Facility at the King Street Coach Yard in Seattle has
recently been completed for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak.
This $32 million project included the demolition of the previous warehouse on-site
and construction of a new 31,000-square-foot locomotive service
facility. PCL Construction Services, Inc. served as the general contractor for
the new maintenance facility.
The new facility was constructed on top of 178 steel-driven pipe piles
at a depth of 180 feet below-grade and heavily reinforced structural
concrete-grade beams were constructed to tie the pile foundations together,
supporting the new pre-engineered metal building. This pre-engineered metal
building not only offers train maintenance workers protection from the elements
and improved air quality control, but it provides Amtrak with repair
capabilities that could not be performed in the previous facility.
“In the past, trains would have to be sent to a facility in Oakland,
California, for complex repairs,” said Cody Glasgow, PCL’s project manager. “This
added efficiency of being able to work on the trains locally is a vast
improvement and saves both time and money for Amtrak.”
The new facility has two equally impressive components, a 55-ton
overhead bridge crane and a 125-ton drop table, located in a concrete pit 25
feet deep. This equipment allows for the train’s traction motors or locomotive
axles (trucks), to be moved throughout the facility via the bridge crane or
dropped down out of the train via the drop table and pit.
Other infrastructure upgrades were also completed as part of the project,
including an underground stormwater detention system, 12,000 lineal feet of
yard track demolition, realignment and new yard track installation. An
underground force main for industrial waste was added and routed over 1,000
feet from the new locomotive shop to Amtrak’s existing on-site industrial waste
PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries
out work across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These
diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings
markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers. Together,
these companies have an annual construction volume of $7 billion, making PCL
one of the largest contracting organizations in North America. Watch us build
For media inquiries, please contact:
Communications & Marketing