Tacoma shopping Old City Hall as McMenamins takes its time with Elks Lodge | The News Tribune

Tacoma’s courtship to lock in a deal with McMenamins has ended with both parties agreeing it was in the city’s interest to seek other developers for the historic structure’s renaissance.

Source: Tacoma shopping Old City Hall as McMenamins takes its time with Elks Lodge | The News Tribune

Score one for Erin Hills. But here’s five reasons why Chambers Bay is the better future US Open venue | Tacoma News Tribune

Jordan Spieth tees off with a sweeping view of Fox Island on the second day of the tournament at the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, Friday, June 19, 2015.

Jordan Spieth tees off with a sweeping view of Fox Island on the second day of the tournament at the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, Friday, June 19, 2015. Drew Perine – Staff photographer

ERIN, Wis. – And now we go to the scorecards.

In the matchup of U.S. Open course hosting the national open for the first time — Chambers Bay from 2015 vs. this year’s site, Erin Hills — the winner by split decision is … Erin Hills.

The reason Erin Hills gets the nod is because it holds the single-biggest advantage in plush conditions. The greens were perfect and not cauliflower, like Rory McIlory called the ones at Chambers Bay during the 2015 U.S. Open. But long term? Chambers Bay is the better site.

Source: Score one for Erin Hills. But here’s five reasons why Chambers Bay is the better future US Open venue

World’s first light rail on a floating bridge: For I-90, Sound Transit had to invent ‘a brilliant solution’ | The Seattle Times

Sound Transit’s consultants have invented a flexing track connection, using earthquake science, to safely move future light-rail trains on the I‑90 floating bridge.

Source: World’s first light rail on a floating bridge: For I-90, Sound Transit had to invent ‘a brilliant solution’ | The Seattle Times

[Ed.: We say that the Sound Transit Board should be the test passengers across this thing on its maiden voyage and let’s make that during a November wind storm. The margins for being wrong are miniscule and the consequences are death and destruction.]

Everett PE teacher turns space saver into patented invention | HeraldNet.com

EVERETT — Johanna Paige Hilde bought her dream home in Everett with a view to die for, but the bathroom came with no actual counter space. For weeks, she found herself in a weird place. She was in the bathroom, holding a coffee mug as she looked at a picture above her toilet in the bathroom, thinking to herself, “If only the frame could come down, kind of like a Murphy bed. Then it could become a counter top.”

Source: Everett PE teacher turns space saver into patented invention | HeraldNet.com

Tunnel machine Bertha expected to break into daylight on Tuesday | The Seattle Times

Tunnel machine Bertha is expected to reach daylight midday Tuesday.The drill was 25 feet away as of 2 p.m. Monday, said Chris Dixon, project manager for Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP).

It’s currently moving at a reduced speed of a half-inch per minute through grout-filled soil. Bertha should reach the head wall of the cubelike retrieval vault by Monday night, then stop.

At around 8 a.m. Tuesday, the digging will resume at even lower speeds, through a 5-foot-wide wall of concrete pillars.

Source: Tunnel machine Bertha expected to break into daylight on Tuesday | The Seattle Times