Marine Technical Center

Friday Harbor, Washington

EHDD is designing a new 14,000 sf Marine Technical Center for the Port of Friday Harbor (POFH) in the Jensen Boatyard on San Juan Island, WA. The two-story waterfront building will house a mix of light industrial and office spaces that will support the maritime industry and Port tenants while leaving room for future development.
The Marine Technical center will contain four 2,000 sf maker spaces with drive-up access and large overhead doors for loading/unloading materials and finished products. These maker spaces will be home to small- to medium-sized maritime support businesses. IOSA (Island Oil Spill Association) will occupy the east building and share assembly space with POFH. The western building will be set aside for future development and planning.
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) will be used to construct the building shell, and full story retaining walls will address a significant grade change across the width of the building. The exterior will feature cedar siding inspired by a neighboring boatshed, and the structure will have metal roofing to provide a low-maintenance facility. Additionally, proposed solar panels will reduce the energy use of the building. The building’s massing will reflect the historic waterfront buildings on San Juan Island.
As part of the project, the marine technical center will have a waterfront trail/boardwalk and public grand stair with shoreline access. Recognizing a unique opportunity for the Friday Harbor community, the design team established an innovative redevelopment strategy that satisfies Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act cleanup requirements. The plan will enable the Port to maximize the remaining life cycle of the existing infrastructure, allow for concurrent long-term redevelopment and site cleanup, and maximize Port eligibility for grant reimbursement. The remedial action grant application package was among the highest-ranked projects in Washington for funding.


Port of Friday Harbor


14,000 sf


New Construction