Sehome Hill Communications Tower Replacement

​​​​​​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 residents. 

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
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Aric Smathers, P.E. 
Project Engineer
Phone: (360) 778-7942

Participating Departments

Affected Neighborhoods