Friday Harbor, WA

Port of Friday Harbor Marine Technical Center

EHDD, formally Patano Studio, teamed with Reid Middleton, Leon Environmental, Cross Engineers, Rainbow Consulting and Cumming to design a new 14,000 sf Marine Technical Center for the Port of Friday Harbor (POFH) on the southern shoreline of Friday Harbor, part of the old Jensen Boatyard, on San Juan Island, WA. The two-story waterfront building houses a mix of light industrial and office spaces in support of maritime industries and Port tenants with an eye on future development. The ground floor is designed as a flexible ‘Maker Space’ for small to medium marine support businesses. The footprint accommodates four, two thousand foot maritime maker spaces, with drive-up access with large overhead doors for loading and unloading materials and finished products. The eastern building will be occupied by IOSA (Island Oil Spill Association) and will share assembly space with POFH. The west building is positioned for future development and programming.

The building shell will be constructed of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS), with full-story retaining walls addressing a significant grade change across the width of the building. The building will be clad with cedar siding, inspired by a neighboring boatshed, and metal roofing to provide a low maintenance facility. Proposed solar panels will reduce the energy use of the building. The building’s massing reflects the historic waterfront buildings on San Juan Island. As part of the project a waterfront trail/boardwalk and public grand stair that accesses the shoreline will be provided. Recognizing a unique opportunity for the Friday Harbor community, our team established an innovative redevelopment strategy to satisfy MTCA cleanup requirements, while enabling the Port to maximize the remaining life cycle of existing infrastructure, planning for concurrent long-term redevelopment and site cleanup, and maximizing Port eligibility for grant reimbursement. The remedial action grant application package was among the highest-ranked projects in WA for funding.