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Cascade Bicycle Club breaks ground

Cascade Bicycle Club's van is appropriately parked at the new Building 11.
Cascade Bicycle Club's van is appropriately parked at the new Building 11.Millie Magner

Tuesday, bicycle advocates gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of Cascade Bicycle Club’s new facility. After about 15 years in their current crowded space at the Warren G. Magnuson Park entrance (7400 Sand Point Way NE Suite 101 S), CBC will be moving on, but not far away. Still in a Magnuson Park site, the iconic bicycle mainstay will move into a renovated and restored building just beyond the Mountaineers and across from Magnuson Athletic Arena.

Project partners pose for photo following groundbreaking
Project partners pose for photo following groundbreakingMillie Magner

Ron Sher of the Cascade Bicycle Club Board opened Tuesday’s celebration by presenting the vision of a modern, inviting club facility and recognizing the work done by the volunteers, board, staff and consultants such as Tim Williams and Bob Vincent to bring this visionary project to fruition. Executive Director, Elizabeth Kiker, shared both her enthusiasm for joining Cascade and how her disdain for an open office concept was dispelled by the corporate headquarters of Clif Bar, the adventurer’s energy bar. Tim Williams, architect with ZGF Architects, consulting for CBC, credits the bicycle club for expanding his own understanding and appreciation of bicycling. Those very experiences with Cascade Bicycle Club, rides such as the Ride Around Washington, assured Williams that this was a vision and effort for him. In his remarks, he acknowledged the partnership of Bob Vincent, Project Manager with Hoffman Construction as well as the many other companies that will create this rejuvenated space.

The building, one of twenty buildings comprising the Sand Point Historic District, specifically Building 11 became embroiled in a law suit in recent years related to its historic status. That very status is being carefully taken into consideration as the building will be preserved even with construction. Visitors to the restored building will enter by way of an open office space, a high light of the design, according to Director of Education, Shannon Koller. The new facility will also consist of educational and meeting space. The finished effect will keep the space well-lit, environmentally friendly and welcoming thanks to the expertise of the many partners. Anne-Marije Rook, CBC Communications Director especially expresses gratitude for the work being done by ZGF Architects and Hoffman Construction.

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