The Northwest Maritime Center
The mission of the Northwest Maritime Center is to engage and educate people of all generations in traditional and contemporary maritime life, in a spirit of adventure and discovery.
As the first LEED™ Gold non-proft waterfront center in Washington State, the new community and education facility was recently completed. The project is divided into
two buildings – one housing the educational programs including a boat shop, classrooms, and a replica pilot house. The other building promotes the rich maritime heritage of the community with a
chandlery (retail space), small vessel storage, exhibit and information gallery, community meeting rooms, and office spaces for maritime partner organizations. The buildings
surround a paved public plaza designed to not only provide a link between the NWMC education pier, jetty, public boardwalk and the buildings,
but also house major community events and ensure public shoreline access in perpetuity. A second level balcony connects the two buildings
while providing great views to Port Townsend Bay and the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.
As an organization committed to promoting and preserving maritime heritage, industry, skills, and culture, one of the primary goals of this
project was not only to protect but to actually improve and restore the waters of the Puget Sound. From energy use reduction to habitat
restoration and material selection – all aspects of impacts were considered by the client and the design team. A community-based planning
process more than 10 years in the making, the design team focused on making sound sustainability-focused planning decisions early that helped ensure that, as
technology has evolved, the design has been able to effectively respond and adapt.