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Collins Building Deconstruction/Mitigation

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Latest News:

July 2011: Request for Bids for remaining Collins Building Materials

March 2011: Narrative booklet: North Coast Casket Co. Building 'Collins Building'

March 2011: An interactive CD-Rom on the history of the North Coast Casket Company 'Collins Building' is available at the Port of Everett offices. For more details call 425.259.3164

December 2010: Collins Building material now available for qualifying entities. Click here to learn more.

July 2010 to May 2011: Interested in building materials? Please contact Brandon Whitaker, Port staff, at or by phone at 425.388.0613.

July 6, 2010: Collins Building deconstruction update at Commission meeting

June 15, 2010: Port Commission reaffirms June 2009 decision to deconstruct the building

On June 15, 2010, following a five month review of the North Coast Casket Company (Collins Building), the Port of Everett Commission reaffirmed the June 2009 decision to deconstruct the building. Deconstruction will be completed pursuant to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved Collins Building Mitigation Strategy dated May 15, 2009.

Per the Mitigation Strategy, the Port will “deconstruct” the building, taking it apart in sections to recover most of the windows, columns and beams for reuse in the community. The Port will store the materials in a safe location for up to six months, with priority given to public entities and buildings listed or eligible to be listed as a federal, state or local historic property.

The Port’s deconstruction efforts will be guided by the May 9, 2009 report by David Bennink of RE-USE Consulting, as referenced in the Mitigation Strategy. Bennink, a nationally known expert on historic building deconstruction, will continue to be actively involved during the deconstruction process.

Seeking Community Experiences & Memories
As part of the mitigation process, the Port will be collecting personal stories, images and artifacts about the Collins Building now through August 31, 2010, in an effort to capture the community’s experiences and memories surrounding the building. The information collected, along with materials the Port has, will be used in the creation of an educational narrative booklet, interpretive signage and an interactive multimedia CD. 

Some key themes the Port is asking people to share include, but are not limited to the following:

– People and stories 
– Milltown ties 
– Images and artifacts (i.e. brochures/marketing materials from the casket operations) 
– Manufacturing process 
– On the business side … casket distribution, sources of lumber, business partners, notorious people who purchased a casket from the factory; and 
– Others

Following the collection process, the Port will work with Tacoma-based Rusty George Creative to develop the materials. Rusty George has earned a historical award for their work in documenting historic structures. The booklet will be made available at the Everett Public Library, and provided to all schools within the Everett Port District. Interpretive displays will be exhibited at the Snohomish County History Museum, and the multimedia CD will be available upon request at the Port’s Web site.

If you would like to share written stories, artifacts, photos, etc., please contact Lisa Lefeber at phone at 425.388.0617.

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