New Seattle facility disassembled for new paint

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SEATTLE (AP) -- About half the steel for Seattle's new South Transfer Station had been erected when officials decided to take it apart for a new coat of paint.

Seattle Public Utilities Deputy Director Linda De Boldt says officials decided in mid construction that the trash transfer station needed paint to withstand corrosion in a wet environment. The original paint was designed for dry places.

SPU spokesman Andy Ryan told the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce (http://bit.ly/ndYwp6) switching the paint will save nearly $3 million in maintenance costs over 50 years. Removing, repainting and reassembling the steel pieces will cost about $2.8 million.

Reassembly is expected to start around Oct. 17 on the $75 million prefabricated building. Ryan said it would have been harder and less effective to paint the steel in place.

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Information from: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, http://www.djc.com/