Recently, United print. signs. graphics. completed a comprehensive sign package for the new King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferries walk-on passenger terminal. This project is part of the Colman Dock renovation currently underway in Seattle’s downtown waterfront. The new facility opened on August 12th. Pier 50 serves commuters, travelers, and tourists passing through on their way between downtown Seattle and West Seattle, Vashon, Bremerton, and Kingston. 

As removal of the SR-99 Alaskan Way Viaduct continues, the renovations for Phase 1 of the Colman Dock mark an important milestone as Seattle’s Waterfront District is reimagined for the future.

The bulk of the terminal sign package features directional wayfinding along with ADA/regulatory signage. The package also includes a new pylon sign at the edge of the terminal at the intersection of Alaskan Way S and Pier 50. This high visibility sign directs foot traffic along with oversized logos on the main terminal to let passengers know they’re in the right place. 

Per the King County website: “The new Pier 50 passenger-only ferry terminal features a new covered facility with capacity for about 500 people and is a significant improvement from the previous facility, which left many passengers out in the elements while waiting. Additional features include ADA improvements, including a tactile path and tactile signs for the visually impaired, an elevator to the new pedestrian bridge that connects to the new Washington State Ferries terminal, and an ADA assistance station.

The total cost of the project is $45 million, which includes the new building and the new float for boats to dock. Approximately 80 percent of the funding came from a grant from the Federal Transit Administration.”

Highlights include:

  • Exterior Main Pylon: This sign is an aluminum double face cabinet featuring reverse pan halo LED illuminated letters (“50”). The pylon sign was installed for maximum visibility along Alaskan Way.
  • Exterior ID: Thick aluminum flat cut logos for both the King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferries are hard to miss on the exterior side of the walk-on ferry terminal closest to the docking area and exit for passengers leaving the vessel.
  • Overhead Direction: These signs are easy to read and follow for passengers looking for directional assistance. The overhead number system signs were installed for clear and easy line management for walk-on ferry passenger loading.
  • ADA/Regulatory Signs:  Fabricated from aluminum and photopolymer with custom paint match throughout the ferry terminal.
  • Informational Panels: Fabricated and installed in the customer ticket kiosk area.

More about the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Colman Dock project here:

More about Seattle’s new Waterfront projects here:

This project, along with the signage system for the SR-99 Tunnel Project, was made possible with the resources and support of both teams at United and our sister company, Evergreen Sign Co. Read more about our collaboration on the SR-99 Tunnel Project here.