Colman Dock Water Taxi and Ferry Facility Seattle Building, Washington State Architecture Project Photos

Colman Dock Water Taxi and Passenger-Only Ferry Facility

October 4, 2021

Colman Dock Water Taxi and Passenger-Only Ferry Facility

Design: SRG Partnership Architects

Location: Pier 50, Seattle, Washington State, USA

Colman Dock Water Taxi and Ferry Facility Seattle

Photos by Ed Sozinho

Colman Dock Water Taxi and Passenger-Only Ferry Facility in Seattle

As part of an interdisciplinary team re-envisioning the Seattle waterfront, SRG completed the 10,000-square-foot passenger only ferry terminal at Pier 50 on the south side of Seattle’s Colman Dock.

Pier 50 Seattle Building by SRG Partnership Architects

Situated on a floating dock, the facility is an open-air, unconditioned queuing shelter for pedestrian-only commuters of the King County Water Taxi (KCWT)—an affordable public transit service with routes to West Seattle and Vashon Island.

Pier 50 Seattle Building by SRG Partnership Architects

A commuter facility at its heart, the shelter includes ticketing kiosks and tactile, digitized wayfinding that adapts to fluctuating queue volume and provides improved ADA accessibility. Large, operable windows open onto views of Elliott Bay during pleasant weather and, when closed, provide passengers with shelter from Seattle’s more infamous wet and windy conditions.

Colman Dock Water Taxi and Ferry Facility Seattle Pier 50 Seattle Building by SRG Partnership Architects

For staff, the terminal’s design incorporates a small, enclosed office, restroom, and storage. The facility can accommodate 500 queuing passengers as King County looks to expand service routes to Ballard and Kitsap County.

Colman Dock Water Taxi and Ferry Facility Seattle

The design of the facility anticipates flooding hazards during critical weather events, minimizing damage and maintaining the shelter’s operational resiliency as climate change continues to affect sea levels. The design also carefully minimizes the shelter’s over-water coverage as to respect tribal fishing rights and underwater habitat restoration. The new facility has earned a Platinum certification under King County’s Green Building Program.

Pier 50 Seattle Building by SRG Partnership Architects

The project is one component of the larger Colman Dock expansion. The project team considered the urban design of the site to integrate the passenger only terminal into the greater vision for the waterfront and adjacent Washington State Ferry (WSF) Multimodal Ferry Terminal, assessing design alternatives for pedestrian and non-motorized vehicle circulation.

Pier 50 Seattle Building by SRG Partnership Architects

A public pedestrian bridge directly north of the terminal—accessible by elevator—will serve passengers utilizing both ferry terminals and connect to the ever-evolving Alaskan Way downtown corridor.

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Colman Dock Water Taxi and Ferry Facility Seattle, Washington State – Building Information

Project Team
Architecture: SRG Partnership
Contractor: Hoffman-Pacific (Joint Venture: Hoffman Construction Company + Pacific Construction)
Structural Engineer: KPFF Engineers

Photography: Ed Sozinho

Pier 50 Seattle Building by SRG Partnership Architects

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Location: Pier 50, Seattle, Washington State, USA

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