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* Automotive center expansion goes wall-to-wall


Above: Workers steady a wall section as a crane lifts it, Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at Shoreline Community College.


Below: A worker strains as he nudges a wall section into place.

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33.jpgThe walls are up at Shoreline Community College’s $4.2 million expansion of the Professional Automotive Training Center.


Workers from Ness Crane and Sierra Construction put the walls in place Wednesday, July 8, 2009. Using concrete “tilt-up” construction, the floor was poured first, then the walls are poured on the flat floor and finally the crane is used to hoist the walls up and set them in place.


A crew from Ness brought the crane to the site on the north end of the campus on Tuesday, July 7, and assembled the massive machine. Starting early the following morning, the walls began going up. After the initial setup, workers were able to connect, hoist and place a wall section in as little as five minutes.


Most of the wall sections weighed 30,000 to 40,000 pounds, but the largest weighed in at more than 60,000 pounds, a Ness worker said.


The result will be an approximately 22,000-square-foot, two-story addition, that will house the Toyota Corporation's training area. Classroom space for the college's Toyota T-TEN Program will occupy a generous portion of the floor as will six training quads for corporate upgrade training for Toyota, Hyundai, Kia and Volvo, and Snap-on Industrial and Hunter Engineering.


The area will also provide space for restrooms and a storage room for tools and equipment for the college programs.  The upper floor will provide faculty offices as well as a dining area that will be used for corporate events. The addition will provide an additional eight bays for college training programs.


Woodinville-based Sierra Construction Co. is the general contractor for the project.


The Puget Sound Automobile Dealers Association made the expansion possible through a fundraising campaign. $2 million came from the state and $2.2 million from private sources, said Jim Hammond, President of the Puget Sound Automobile Dealers. Toyota Motor Sales USA contributed $1 million and significant support came from PEMCO Insurance.


The building is scheduled to open later this fall.


SCC/Jim Hills, Donna Myers

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