Reinvesting, remodeling, replacing, restroom | Port View

By Bob McChesney | Aug 27, 2017

We are keeping busy down at the Port this summer.

The marina is full of boaters and anglers, we’ve welcomed new tenants to the Harbor Square Business Complex and our staff has been hard at work coordinating many property improvement projects.

Reinvesting in Port facilities is a year-round operation. It’s part of the basic value proposition to our customers and the Edmonds and Woodway communities.

Our projects help maintain and improve areas of the Port enjoyed by our tenants, customers and the public alike. We strive to complete all projects in an environmentally sound and fiscally responsible manner. Here’s what we have been up to lately.

Maintaining marina infrastructure never ends. My experience working at other public marinas strongly motivates us to be very proactive to identify potential problems before they start spiraling into something more serious. Everything is connected to everything else.

Once these marina components begin to wear out, it is imperative to repair them expeditiously. We have a saying, “It’s not what you can see that keeps us up at night. Rather, it’s those hidden elements that remain invisible until it breaks, or something worse happens, that causes us to think deeply.”

Thankfully, Port maintenance and operations crew can rectify most of these problems. These experienced and highly qualified staff members are in fact the glue that holds the Port together.

However, there are times we have to contract out for specialized capabilities.

A good example is marina float maintenance. Port staff conducts daily inspections to identify potential areas of concern. We seal-coat the concrete decks, and we replace walers and worn rub boards. Walers are the float sideboard frames that are held together with steel rods; underneath you’ll find the floatation caissons.

Recently, several floats appear to have partially lost buoyancy in areas. Once that happens, the integrity of the entire float structure will be increasingly compromised over time. The invisible structural components such as through-rods, fasteners and decking begin to rack and twist out of shape, causing them to look crooked.

The solution is to replace floatation ballast as soon as this condition becomes visible. The Port has recently engaged the services of Neptune Marine to replace defective marina floats – expected completion is by the end of October.

Another major project currently in the planning stage is to remodel the existing public restrooms below Anthony’s HomePort restaurant, adjacent to the public launch.

This is a continuation of a property-wide facilities upgrade started in 2016 when the Port installed two new restroom buildings at the marina, one with shower facilities. These are intended for use by Port customers. Meanwhile, public access is part of the Port’s value proposition too, thus the public restrooms by Anthony’s have remained open for use by anyone who comes to visit the Port of Edmonds.

These restrooms get plenty of traffic, so we are now in the final design phase of remodeling them to better suit the public’s needs. The plan is to drastically improve the interior and modernize the entire suite of fixtures.

In addition, we will be adding a separate laundry room for our boaters who have found the Port lacking in this regard. The Port of Edmonds is a full-service marina: Quality, Value, Service, Convenience. However, we’re not in the laundromat business, so the new laundry room will not be open to the public.

In terms of property development on the marina side, the Port is in the process of planning to improve possibly the last vacant parcel, located westerly from BNSF tracks and across the street from Anthony’s restaurant. This gravel lot is currently being used for employee parking, equipment and material laydown yard to support maintenance activities.

The concept anticipates a 6,000-square-foot marina-related multipurpose building. The Port has applied for a shoreline permit from the city of Edmonds, which is currently under review. The general idea is to mimic the success of the Jacobsen’s Marine project with a companion facility that will be architecturally complimentary.

We expect to obtain the permit by the end of this year, and prospects look favorable to market for new business in 2018.

This summer has been busy at the Port in its usual fashion, including paving at Harbor Square, a complete irrigation system overhaul, painting, striping and landscaping.

And please don’t forget Sea Jazz, whale watching and sunsets along the public promenade.

Come on down.


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