City of Sammamish Celebrates Completion of SE 4th Street Improvement Project & Unveils New Permanent Public Art as its Centerpiece

Release Date: August 13, 2020

Sammamish, WA | August 13, 2020

Contact:  communcations@sammamish.us

The City of Sammamish announces the completion of improvements made to SE 4th Street between 218th Avenue SE to 228th Avenue SE.  This half mile stretch has been dramatically upgraded from an outdated rural two-lane road to a multi-model street.  The added sidewalks, bike lanes, and turn lanes improve safety and mobility; and serve as important connection points between the Town Center, Sammamish Commons Park, and Big Rock Park.  One hundred and twenty new trees and close to 9,000 new plants and bushes, selected for their ability to thrive and withstand the harsh environs of a roadway, were planted along the corridor.

 Design on the project began in 2015, with construction breaking ground during the summer of 2018.  The cost of construction of $14.5 million includes reimbursable costs of $4 million for the installation of upgraded Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District utilities.  Additionally, the City of Sammamish received a $4 million grant from Washington State’s Transportation Improvement Board towards this project.  The Project Team included Jim Grueber, Project Manager with the City’s Public Works Department; Perteet, who collaborated with the City on the design and construction management, and Marshbank Construction.

A major focal point of the SE 4th Street Project is a 15 foot sculpture constructed of natural stone slabs.   The Sammamish Arts Commission with the City of Sammamish, and the support of the City Council, commissioned the sculpture, selecting Lin Garretson, a Sammamish resident and award winning designer.   Garretson also served as a Sammamish Arts Commissioner between 2012-2017.

 “The Arts Commission wanted to create Permanent Public Art that, using the universal language of art, expresses the core tenets of Sammamish.  The three faces of the sculpture represent:  Unity, enriched by our differences, we are better together; Tenacity, unwavering stewardship of our environment and natural habitats; and Commitment to growing a uniquely caring and compassionate community,” said Garretson.  “The natural stone slabs, like many of us in Sammamish, originate from different parts of the world.  The stones were shaped by water jet cutting and sandblasting; and then combined with stainless steel images inspired by the rhythms of nature.”

Special thanks and recognition to the team whose individual skills and combined efforts constructed the sculpture:

Arts Commissioner Margaret Rosenow for her diligence in working with the City through the administrative aspects of this project.

Ronnie Simone & Dino Simone, owners of Western Tile & Marble and General Contractors for stone fabrication and on-site installation.

Attila Kilic of Meta Marble for his generosity and price accommodations for the stone.

Frank Lescher of Frank Lescher Masonry for building the concrete block structure.

Josh Gorham of Skilfab for steel fabrication.

Rick Oswald and Cecily Westall of Cutting Edge Studio for sandblasting.

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