In July we told you about our building process, including where SKTL will be located and some of the steps involved in preparing for construction.
A lot has happened since then!
Our location hasn’t changed but our building materials have, thanks to some exciting new partnerships and in-kind donations. Instead of a single older portable, we now have three heavy-duty shipping containers to work with. All of these containers are being donated by TOTE Maritime and Lloyd Enterprises, Inc., two local, environmentally-focused businesses. We are proud to be riding the wave of green construction using repurposed structures and reclaimed materials.
Because the use of containers as buildings is still a new concept, SKTL was advised by King County L&I that we need to submit complete architectural plans in order to apply for building permits. Professional plans require a professional firm. Once again, a new partner company has stepped forward to provide pro bono services: SKL Architects. This highly acclaimed firm shares our commitment to community and environmental sustainability.
During a November site visit, SKL Principal Gladys Ly-Au Young and architectural planning consultant Kelley Tanner joined us to view our building site, then met with Chris Brown, Safety Director at Lloyd Enterprises and Fred Claridge, Fleet Supervisor at TOTE, to view the containers that will be donated for SKTL’s main building and additional storage unit.
Our next steps will be to develop the site and interior building plans, submit our plans to King County for approval, apply for building permits, hire our contractor, gather materials and volunteers and build, build, build. Our target date for building completion is on or before June 30, 2017.
Help is still needed to make South King Tool Library a reality! Find out how you can be a part of the building process in our post: “SKTL Wish List”. To learn more about our partners, read our post: “Meet Our New Partners.”