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Rails to Sails / D Street Bridge
Tacoma, Washington

  • project Rails to Sails / D Street Bridge
  • client City of Tacoma
  • architect McGranahan Architects
  • design Vici Scuri / Siteworks, Public Artist
  • electrical planning Exceltech Engineering

Rails to Sails is located between the Tacoma Dome and the down­town area pro­vid­ing a major vehic­u­lar and pedes­trian con­nec­tor across the North­ern Pacific Rail­road Site and the Foss Water­way — where rails met sails” during the early years of Tacoma when cargo arrived by rail and departed by sail through the Foss Water­way. In 1873 Tacoma became the west­ern ter­mi­nus for the North­ern Pacific Rail­road. The rail­road con­tin­ued to grow and solid­ify its posi­tion within Tacoma com­merce.

The project fea­tures a road­way ele­vated over rail­road tracks that is sup­ported on struc­tural, MSE (mechan­i­cally sta­bi­lized earth) green walls and rock walls as an envi­ron­men­tal amenity along the Foss Water­way.

The project includes artist col­lab­o­ra­tively-designed sail inspired lights man­u­fac­tured by Selux, painted graph­ics for road­way light­ing, shaped-pat­terned bar­rier walls with portal win­dows reflect­ing NW store­fronts and tug­boats, rail­road rail bar­ri­ers, fenc­ing with rail­road rail posts, and wavy walk­way sup­ported on MSE green walls and rock walls. Each shaped bar­rier wall includes the name of a his­toric boat that worked the Foss Water­way.

Selux worked closely with the artist to pro­vide the custom sail” on the Ritorno RA fix­tures for this unique project cel­e­brat­ing Tacoma’s rich mar­itime her­itage — past, present, and future. The indi­rect light­ing of the Ritorno RA pro­vided the per­fect blend of per­for­mance and flex­i­bil­ity of design while accom­plish­ing the artist’s vision.

  • Ritorno by Selux uses indirect lighting to produce uniform, shadow-free distributions while creating a comfortable ambiance. Uniquely-designed shades on Ritorno, help block light from off-site glare. Use Ritorno individually on a pole or wall mount, or combine light engine and shades into unique configurations. The Ritorno LED retrofit kit can replace less energy-efficient modules without the need for complete new fixtures.
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