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The City of Burien has big transit plans. It is not only the site for a multiphased Transit Oriented Development, but also is the future terminus for the RapidRide Line F connecting Burien, Tukwila and Renton. In addition, the station is a vital component in the construction mitigation program for the Alaskan Way Viaduct, which is expected to last beyond 2015.

The first phase of the TOD was the station, which was completed in 2009. The second phase of the Transit Oriented development included a 5-level parking structure and a mixed-use development. The County decided to leverage a public-private lease/lease back contract with Alliance/Wasatch to finance and construct the project. Alliance/Wasatch hired the design/build team of Pankow Builders & Watry Design to deliver the parking garage. By utilizing design-build delivery, the team completed the project in 9 1/2 months, which was 2 months early. Following completion of construction, King County Metro purchased the facility for a set price with funding from Sound Transit, the Federal Transit Administration and Metro itself.

In addition to the beautiful concrete murals that depict the Cascade Mountains, the structure increased the station's parking stalls by 161. The garage includes sustainable features such as natural ventilation, a 210,000 gallon storm water retention system and electric vehicle charging stations.

Put on hold during the recession, the remaining portion of the second phase, the mixed-use development, consists of 80 apartments including 24 affordable units and 4,000 square feet of retail. 

Project Details

  • Owner: King County Metro Transit
  • Developer: Alliance/Wasatch JV
  • Contractor: Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd.
  • Project Status: Completed 2011
  • Parking Stalls: 462
  • Levels: 5
  • Total Sq Ft: 133,600
  • Sq Ft per Stall: 265
  • Total Project Cost: $10,800,000
  • Per Stall Cost: $23,375