New Seattle facility disassembled for new paint



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 ( 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.


Information from: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce,