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Greetings All,

The Floating Homes Association Annual General Meeting will be Thursday, April 18th at the Swedish Club at 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (get directions here). The meeting will be 6-9, with dinner from 6-7 and the meeting from 7-9. Light dinner and refreshment will be served, with wine, beer and soft drinks. We will have more information about the agenda and speakers in the next update. Please be sure to pass this information on to other residents on your dock!

Weekly Aurora Bridge Update March 8th
from Tom Pearce, WSDOT Communications | 206-440-4696 |
This week the guys from Liberty Maintenance began sandblasting once more, at the middle of the bridge. Unfortunately, the first day of work we had an excess in emissions that was reported by community members and recorded by the project’s air quality monitoring system. This week’s newsletter is later than usual because I’ve been gathering information about what happened.  

Dust leak - Shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, a community member reported an air quality concern near our contractor’s equipment on the north side of the bridge. Liberty checked and observed that one of two dust collectors was emitting more exhaust than normal. Both dust collectors were shut down by 3 p.m. The equipment was serviced on Wednesday, March 6, which revealed that the source of the excess exhaust was caused by some of the 156 filters in the unit that were not properly sealed. These filters were replaced recently when the equipment was moved to the north side of the lake. The problem didn’t become noticeable until the dust collector ran for several hours. Liberty started blasting at about 8:40 a.m., paused for lunch around noon, then stopped blasting at about 3 p.m. 

What we’re doing to avoid future issues - The dust collectors do not contain sensors to alert operators of a failed seal. Seals require visual inspection to identify problems. The filters that were not properly sealed have been repaired and all have been inspected more thoroughly. Liberty does not anticipate a need to replace these new filters before the end of the project. When operations resume this unit will be closely monitored to be sure it is functioning correctly.
Liberty will monitor the filters in the other dust collector and replace them if necessary. They will notify WSDOT if they need to replace the filters. They will inspect the seals after replacement and monitor the dust collector closely upon subsequent operation to quickly identify any issues. 

Minor excess on March 6 - Our air quality monitor also detected a slight excess on March 6. This was the result of residual dust inside the dust collector that was stirred up during servicing, not from additional blasting. Crews repaired the dust collect between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. We appreciate the timely notification from the community. Please continue to contact me any time you have a question or concern about this project. In addition, if you have health or safety concerns, please notify Liberty’s health and safety officer, Nick Capuzello, at 917-440-0526, or Liberty will also respond to clean up any debris that has accumulated on boats/floating homes. Please be sure to notify WSDOT as well. 

The Center for Wooden Boats
The Center for Wooden Boats is proud to announce that its new 9,200 square foot Wagner Education Center – named after founders Dick and Colleen Wagner – has completed construction and the programs and exhibits have settled into their new home. Dick  was on the Floating Homes Board starting in about 1972 and became President in 1976 and then again served on the Board after stepping down from the presidency in 1978. He lived in one of the oldest historic houseboats on Westlake at the Old Boathouse moorage. and started renting small boats from his dock in the early 1960's. He later moved the boats to the Center for Wooden Boats where he continued to run the center for many years. The center is inviting the public to help them celebrate with a grand opening weekend-long celebration, Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Complimentary activities will include:
  • Free boat rides: volunteer skippers will take passengers out on Lake Union on steamboats, electric boats, schooners, ketches, yawls, and other historic yachts
  • Sign a Sail: guests can help make history by signing a commemorative sail which will then be kept on display at CWB
  • Classic Yacht Exposition: a collection of classic wooden yachts – many built on Lake Union – will be on display and open to tour
  • Canoe Carving Demonstration: Saaduuts Robert Peele, canoe carver and member of the Haida tribe, will be carving a traditional canoe all weekend long
  • Toy Boat Building and Model Boat Building for kids ages 3-9
  • Paddle Decorating for kids ages 3-9
  • Scavenger Hunt: everyone in the family can explore CWB, collect stamps and be eligible for a prize
  • Try a Tool: visitors can try their hand at using traditional hand tools to experience cutting a dovetail, carving a mortise, planing, or even pounding some nails, and learning about the skills involved in wooden boat restoration 

About the Wagner Education Center

Designed by award-winning Seattle architects Olson Kundig, CWB’s new Wagner Education Center houses an upstairs classroom, sail loft and event space with views of Lake Union, new gallery and exhibit spaces downstairs. It boasts a boat shop designed to house the restoration of the museum’s largest boats, as well as the construction of new boats from historic designs. The design features a material palette of wood, glass and steel, and just like on a boat, every inch of space and every feature is designed to provide the highest function.

Designed for passive cooling, the building has no air conditioning. The occupants interact with it as they would a boat. A movable exterior shade system is designed to minimize solar heat gain in the summer and maximize it in the winter. The building’s large operable doors, windows and skylights are designed to naturally ventilate the building, which is done by hand. This mirrors the central tenet of sailing: that one must work with natural forces to make adjustments to optimize performance. The building is also solar powered by 135 roof-mounted photovoltaic panels. CWB teaches by example how to harness the natural forces of the wind and the sun, and CWB will benefit from lower electrical energy operating costs enabling it to direct more resources to programs for youth and adults.

“The Center for Wooden Boats has played a critical role in educating the public not just about boats, but about the value of craft and the forces of nature that surround us. At their core, the boats represent the harnessing of natural forces using only the power of human hands. The new building seeks to reinvigorate this mission and reintroduce the public to the beautifully complex craft of wooden boats.” –Tom Kundig, Olson Kundig, FAIA, RIBA 

When:             Saturday, March 23 – Sunday, March 24, 2019
Hours:             10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ribbon cutting at 10:00 am on Saturday
            1002 Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Cost:                Free                       

As ever, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions please pass them along.
All the best,


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