Port Townsend’s maritime center doubles expectations

PORT TOWNSEND — The Northwest Maritime Center board plans to build both of the center’s structures at once.

It just doesn’t know how it will finance it.

“We took an incremental step at the last board meeting,” said Stan Cummings, Northwest Maritime Center executive director.

“We’re trying to figure out how to do it as one project.”

The Northwest Maritime Center — which will encompass a total of 27,000 square feet in two buildings — is planned at the Hudson Point Marina at the end of Water Street.

It’s intended to planned to enhance maritime education and heritage learning in the region, and would sustain and expand the Wooden Boat Foundation’s programs, activities and services.

The board had once planned to build the structures separately but now the consensus among board members, staffers and project architectural consultants Mill/Hull is to construct both buildings to save on soaring construction costs, Cummings said.

The board also plans to use Carlsborg-based Primo Construction as the contractor because the company came in with the low bid on the project.

Cummings, however, stressed that the contact has not been formally awarded.

Cost negotiations must be worked through, and the board must decide how to finance the entire project at once, rather than constructing one building at a time.

The board and Primo also must work out when the company will begin construction.

Primo is now constructing a transit center in downtown Port Angeles.

It also remodeled part of the Castle Hill shopping center used by Jefferson County Public Health and the Department of Community Development.

More in News

Spencer Weber
A scene from the photo archives of the Northwest Maritime Center's Race to Alaska looks deceptively serene. The 750-mile race of unmotorized watercraft from Port Townsend to Ketchikan is on again this year.
Race to Alaska ready to sail

Contest resumes after two-year hiatus

Timber sale, block grants discussed at county meetings

Government entities meet next week on North Olympic Peninsula

Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group

The Rev. ClayOla Gitane, rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, places signs and teddy bears in memory of the 21 victims of Tuesday's mass shooting in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Church hosts candlelight service for Texas school shooting victims

Prayer vigil tonight will include an interfaith service

c
NWI: Purchase protects Discovery Creek headwaters

Ninety-one acres bought from Rayonier

Dr. Gib Morrow, Dr. Allison Berry and OESD Superintendent Greg Lynch.
Public health officers honored for COVID-19 work

Greg Lynch, superintendent at the Olympic Educational Service District 114,… Continue reading

Charges to be urged after report of toy guns at schools

Students allegedly pose on campuses over weekend

Memorial Day edition available online only

Memorial Day is a federal holiday and the U.S. Postal Service does… Continue reading

Memorial Day ceremonies set Monday

Flags to be placed on veterans’ graves on Saturday

Most Read