Facility Improvement Projects

North Portwalk and Seawall Reconstruction Project

Improving Critical Infrastructure, Providing Resiliency, and Improving Public Access for Community Members and Port Visitors

PHASE ONE: Move Port Administration & Maintenance Operations

Goal:

1. Repurpose waterfront lot for community use and public benefit.

2. Build a certified LEED-Silver home for Port administration offices and Port maintenance needs.

 

Project Description: The Port administrative and maintenance operations will move across the street from their current building located at 336 Admiral to a newly constructed, certified LEED-Silver building located at 471 Admiral. This transition allows us to repurpose the waterfront parcel located at 336 Admiral for public use.

 

The two-story building will house approximately 12,000 sf of work and rental space. Port administration offices and the Commission room will be located on the second floor; maintenance facilities, including equipment storage, will be located on the first floor. There is rooftop solar and electric vehicle charging stations on site.

 

Status: Engineering, design and permitting completed. Construction began in August 2022 and is expected to be completed mid February 2024.

 

Funding Source: The Port will use capital replacement reserves to fund this portion of the project.

 

Estimated Cost of Phase One: $9,000,000

PHASE TWO: Site Preparation and Electrification

Goal:
1. Remove the old administration building located at 336 Admiral Way.

2. Complete infrastructure upgrades to support electrification.

 

Phase Description: The Port’s administration office and maintenance garage is currently located in an old cinder-block building located along the waterfront. This structure will be taken down so the prime waterfront parcel can be the site of a beautiful new public plaza. This phase of the project will also include infrastructure upgrades to support electrification, and general site preparation for phase three.

 

Status: Engineering, design and permitting underway. Work estimated to begin in 2024/2025.

 

Funding Source: The Port of Edmonds is actively seeking state and federal grants, cooperative agreements, and cost-share funding to support the project’s financial requirements.

 

Estimated Cost of Phase Two: $2,325,811

PHASE THREE: Seawall Reconstruction & Portwalk Upgrades

Goal:
1. Repair the marina seawall and replace the Portwalk surface to provide flood protection and resiliency.
2. Increase public access, enjoyment, and usability of Port property.

3. Complete infrastructure upgrades to support electrification.

 

Phase Description: A 2021 feasibility study illustrated the need to rebuild the marina seawall, the main support system for the northern, wood-plank portion of the Edmonds promenade. Referred to locally as the Portwalk, this popular walking route stretches from the Edmonds Public Fishing Pier in the north, down to the Marina Beach Park in the south. The Portwalk, which meanders through the Port of Edmonds Marina and the Mary Lou Block Public Plaza, provides direct access to the water for residents and visitors.

 

In the final phase of the project, the seawall will be repaired and numerous Portwalk improvements will be made. Structurally speaking, the steel piles responsible for holding up the wood-plank portion of the north Portwalk will be reinforced, while the framing and decking of the boardwalk will be replaced. The current wood-plank walking surface will be replaced with an environmentally friendly nonslip walking surface. The concrete and glass-block walking surface design allows light to penetrate to sea life below. The Portwalk will also be lined with new railings, energy efficient lighting, and plant beds flourishing with native species.

 

A future visitor to the updated Portwalk can expect to find improved ADA access, more seating options, new signage, and a beautiful new public plaza with raised seating, a performance space, art installations, and new public restrooms.

 

Status: Engineering, design and permitting underway. Construction estimated to begin in 2025/2026.

 

Funding Source: The Port of Edmonds is currently seeking state and federal grants, cooperative agreements, and cost-share funding to support the project’s financial requirements.

 

Estimated Cost of Phase Three: $28,507,171