In 2019, RJS Construction was awarded a project with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Seattle district), Discover Your Northwest and Jones & Jones Architecture to renovate the Fish Ladder Viewing Gallery at the Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks.
The fish ladder offers an alternative path around the locks for adult salmon to migrate home to spawn. The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks create the optimum environment where the Pacific saltwater and the Lake Washington freshwater meet. It’s an ideal for salmon to undergo the change to their habitat as the migrate to their annual spawning grounds.
The improvements to the viewing area included significant enhancements to the lighting, air conditioning systems , improved acoustical treatments, all new indoor seating accommodations, greatly improved audio and video Systems, as well as upgrades in the concrete flooring and the addition of glass panel railings to allow for ADA visitors to now easily view the annual salmon run.
RJS President Shannon Sevigny and Vice President Richard Sevigny attended the Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Fish Ladder Viewing room in August. This project would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication from our Project Manager Scott Shald, Superintendent Art Gutierrez, Superintendent Dean Nutt, and Project Engineer Heather Miller.