Project Overview: EK-0001
This project involves the replacement of the communications tower located in the Sehome Hill Arboretum. A new tower and
shelter were installed at the south end of the existing Arboretum parking lot. After all
communications equipment has been transferred to the new tower site, the existing tower will be
decommissioned and removed. The tower at this site supports various critical communications
facilities owned by several public entities, including Police, Fire, Public Works, Port of Bellingham,
and Western Washington University. Telecommunication companies also lease antenna space on
the tower and within the equipment shelter, providing cellular/wireless communications for local
The existing communication tower was evaluated, and due to equipment revisions and code
criteria changes, further equipment modifications or additions could not be performed on the existing
structure. Various structural modifications have been performed over the life of the structure to
increase structural capacity, and options for additional modification of the existing tower have been
exhausted. The new tower provides the needed space and capacity to safely house and support all
existing equipment and provides for future expansion and communication needs into the future.
Status of Original Tower Demolition Project – June 2020
Accomplishments: New tower construction complete in 2018. The next part of this project is to decommission and remove the original tower and perform restoration at the original tower site, which is anticipated to finish in 2020.
Next Milestones: Recommended for award to Council July 6 – Low bidder is IMCO/TKK Joint Venture
- Status: Construction
- Demo Contract Awarded: July 6, 2020
- Demo Contract Amount: $434,582.6
- Demo Contractor: IMCO/TKK Joint Venture
- Anticipated Completion Date: October 2020
- Vicinity Map
Aric Smathers, P.E.