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The sight of a substation usually leaves a lot to be desired. Harsh edges and barbed wire fencing are the typical elements surrounding these high voltage areas. But the City of Seattle is about to change the view of the traditional substation.

In 2016, a sleek substation will begin construction on Denny Way and Stewart Street. The $209.5 million project will provide 120,000 square feet of space for all the unsightly electrical systems that will help power the area.

As for the structure, the plan is to create a fully-functioning substation while maintaining the aesthetics of the ever changing South Lake Union neighborhood. The property will include an off-leash area along Minor Avenue and over 3,000 square feet of community space that will be home to events hosted by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

The plans also include a 2,900 square feet learning center on the Denny Way side of the building. No wiring or equipment will be seen on the exterior views. The final design phase is said to be near completion with a public hearing taking place at 5:30pm on July 30th at Belltown Community Center.

The official city website has released the exact equipment that will be housed in the substation and it appears they’re making a wise choice to hide the following:

  • (4-bays) 115kV Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS)
  • (3) 115-13.8kV power transformers
  • 115kV line reactor with integrated GIS
  • 13.8kV switchgear building
  • 13.8kV capacitor banks
  • 13.8kV grounding banks
  • (1 lot) 115kV XLPE cable between equipment supplier equipment
  • (1 lot) 15kV EPR cable between equipment supplier equipment

The completed project is scheduled for early 2018 but you can check out the proposed renderings here.

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