Seattle, WA (August 12, 2020) – PCL Construction Services, Inc. topped out and completed the final concrete pour of the Level 18 deck on the KODA Condominium tower in Seattle on August 5th, 2020.
This $81.5 million tower is the first new-construction, for-sale high-rise to be built in the area known as Nihonmachi or Japantown, the gateway to the historic Chinatown-International District. KODA is located at 450 South Main Street, just steps from public transit at the King Street Station.
KODA will offer 203 condo units within the building’s 17 stories. It will also have three levels of below-grade parking, various amenity spaces, and retail at the street level. The units will include studio, urban-one-, one-, urban-two-, and two-bedroom flats ranging from 400 to 1,200 square feet.
The project is owned by DA LI, a Taiwan-based company. This is the first project in the U.S. for DA LI.
“As the tallest building south of downtown, it’s fantastic to see that the structure has taken its place in the Chinatown International District’s skyline,” said Tom Doig, executive vice president for Dali Development USA. “After a challenging couple of months finding the safest way to navigate through the Coronavirus slowdown, we are excited to announce that our general contracting partner PCL Construction and their subtrade partners have officially topped out and poured the concrete for all of the residential floors,” continued Doig. “This is a significant milestone on any high-rise tower, made even more significant due to these unprecedented times.”
The crews working on the jobsite have been required to take extra safety precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to regular personal protective gear like hard hats, gloves and eye protection, workers are required to socially distance, reduce congregation at common gathering points or in the hoist, stagger lunch breaks and wear face coverings. Any work that is performed in close proximity to others requires the use of an N-95 mask.
“Constructing this project during a pandemic is certainly not something we anticipated, but we’re really proud of our team’s ability to adapt and modify their work as necessary,” said Aaron Wiehe, PCL’s vice president and district manager. “For example, our team came up with the idea to hang plastic partitions in our hoist between passengers as an added measure of separation. I really appreciate their conscientiousness and engagement in keeping one another safe.”
As a result of Washington state’s extended pause on construction work in March, the building will now be substantially completed in April of 2021 instead of at the end of 2020.
Future residents have already begun purchasing units, and more that half of the units have already been sold. Prices for the flats range from approximately $400,000 to more than $1.4 million.
About PCL Construction
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 more than 30 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of $7 billion, making PCL one of the largest contracting organizations in North America.