SEATTLE -- Seattle City Light's South Service Center at 4th and Spokane street in industrial South Seattle has taken on a new look. The rooftop letters spelling out "City Light" are still there, but the entire facility has been renovated and expanded to provide more efficient customer service. The original building, one of the oldest government buildings in the City, forms the core of the 20-acre complex. Its 1920's architecture now has been blended with the latest technology and state-of-the-art seismic improvements. A new Apprenticeship Center houses the utility's acclaimed apprenticeship program. The Service Center has a meeting space that can be rented by neighborhood and civic groups.
The building was officially dedicated by Mayor Paul Schell, City Councilmember Margaret Pageler, City Light Superintendent Gary Zarker and Wendy Ceccherelli of the Seattle Arts Commission in a "Wire Cutting" ceremony on Tuesday, October 26, 1999.
The South Service Center, headquarters for all utility operations south of Denny Way, is the utility's central shipping and receiving facility and the work site for 280 employees. The new customer service lobby blends artistry with industry in an innovative design by artists Paul Marioni and Ann Troutner that evokes the falling water and flowing streams that power City Light's hydroelectric system. The duo worked with Streeter and Associates Architects on the Service Center and with Arai/Jackson Architects on the Apprentice Training Center.