The $9.6 million project will house a number of marine-related businesses as well as a new administration building for the agency.
The administration building was an addition to the original concrete tilt-up warehouse that once housed the Marine Spill Response Corp.
For about $2.9 million, the port got a lobby, an office for its marina, a large restaurant space on the first floor, a second floor for other port offices and a public meeting space that can be rented privately for events like weddings.
It moved into the building in mid-December, and Port Director John Mohr said he's excited about the new space at 1205 Craftsman Way.
"The best part about it is having everyone in the same building," said Mohr, who noted that several departments didn't fit into the old facility on Bond Street.
Mohr hopes that the building, located in an area planned for redevelopment, will become a focal point for the waterfront as the new space shapes up.
"I think the value of the building will come to the fore when Scuttlebutt moves in and we have a really attractive place for boaters to gather and socialize."
The Scuttlebutt Brewing Co., now on W. Marine View Drive, has leased the building's restaurant space and will move in later this winter. So far, the port has seven leases for the new facility, or about 21 percent of the available 68,000 square feet. The port is using about 9,000 square feet of the available space in the building.
The port's Lisa Lefeber noted that marine tenants in the building will have back doors with direct access to a new boat yard designed to collect pollutants and keep them from winding up in Puget Sound.
Mohr praised the port's Larry Crawford, who managed the project.
"Larry did a great job," he said. "It's really Larry's building."
During a recent tour of the building, Crawford noted that the remodeled facility is highly energy efficient and includes features like solar panels on the roof that heat hot water and recycled glass in the concrete floors in the lobby to make them more attractive.
"We wanted to make this building as efficient as we could in power usage," Crawford said.
The building has an open, industrial design that leaves things like heating ducts and systems in plain view. It also has a few pieces from the historic Collins Building, which the port demolished last year after it was deemed too expensive to restore for public use.
The lobby includes items from the building like a metal-clad door that had served as a fire break, an electric powered saw blade sharpener, and an old-style pallet jack used to move lumber. It also includes some new pieces, like a salmon sculpture installed in a stairwell, and a whimsical bike rack in front that looks like a fish.
Crawford, too, said installing Scuttlebutt's brew pub in the space "will bring a lot of vitality" to the area. He noted that a number of the marina's new walkways have been installed, making it a good place for a stroll.
"This area was industrial, and the public didn't have access to it," Lefeber said. "For the first time in a long time, the public will have a reason to come down here other than for boating."
Mike Benbow: 425-339-3459; email@example.com.
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