Rufus 2.0 Construction Updates
Block 20 Work
Utility work and street improvement work on 7th Avenue and Blanchard Street is ongoing. Blanchard Street remains closed to traffic through mid-October. During working hours, 7th Avenue will be restricted to southbound traffic only, Monday through Saturday until January 2019. All pedestrians will be detoured to the north side of Blanchard Street.
Crews will begin installing the lower podium curtainwall system next week on levels 1 – 4 of the tower. Mobile crane activity will take place on 7th Avenue, 8th Avenue and potentially on Lenora Street. Elevator and drywall materials will continue to be delivered from Lenora Street and 8th Avenue. Traffic is limited to one lane westbound on Lenora Street during working hours, Monday through Saturday until January 2019. Concrete slab pours continue at the tower, resulting in heavy concrete truck traffic on 7th Avenue during working hours.
Weekend Work: October 13 – 14
Seattle Public Utilities will be shutting down the water main on 7th Avenue between Westlake Avenue and Blanchard Street this Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10 p.m to install a new hydrant at 7th and Lenora. This work should be complete by 2 p.m. Sunday and may involve equipment moving steel plates and hoisting pipe. Traffic will be limited to southbound only on 7th Avenue between Blanchard Street and Lenora Street.
On Sunday, October 14, crews will be dismantling and removing the exterior construction elevator near the corner of 8th and Blanchard. This activity will involve the Block 20 tower crane and the occasional use of impact wrenches. Work will begin at 8 a.m. and is anticipated to last for approximately 10 hours. Trucks will stage inside the construction fence on 8th Avenue and traffic should not be impacted.
Starting on Thursday, October 11, demolition activities will begin and continue through the end of the month. These activities will cause loud construction noise during the week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shoring activities will begin on October 29 and continue through the end of November.
Planned street and pedestrian interruptions are as follows:
- Bell Street: Sidewalk closed beginning in early October through November 2020.
- Blanchard Street: Sidewalk closed beginning in early October through November 2020.
- 7th Avenue: A pedestrian walkway will be in place for the duration of the project.
- Please follow the sidewalk detours and do not enter the secured fenced site at any time.
- Please watch for truck and trailer traffic entering and leaving the site. Trucks and heavy equipment may make wide turns and have trouble seeing pedestrians and vehicles.
Brian Duke, Senior Superintendent
Bret Hillman, Superintendent
About the Project
Sellen is currently working with Seneca Group on Block 20, a 37-story office tower designed by NBBJ, and Block 18, a 17-story office tower designed by Graphite Architects.