Port of Port Angeles NOAA Bid
- Location Port of Port Angeles
- Client Port of Port Angeles
Scanning New Horizons
Preparing the port’s bid to become the new home of NOAA’s MOC-P.
Putting the best of the port forward. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was considering relocating its Marine Operations Center-Pacific (MOC-P), which is the home port for its pacific research vessel fleet. NOAA solicited offers from port facilities throughout the Puget Sound area, the Oregon coast and the Columbia River. Reid Middleton prepared the offer from the Port of Port Angeles to host the MOC-P at their deep-water Terminal 3 and adjacent uplands. The master plan and the building plans proposed to achieve LEED® -Gold certification. Sustainable design elements included daylighting a culverted stretch of Tumwater Creek that flows through the site, creating a more natural stream channel and enhancing the stream buffer with native vegetation, providing bicycle parking and preferred parking for fuel efficient and low-emitting vehicles, planting water-efficient landscaping, improving the energy performance and water-efficiency of the building, using regionally-sourced and recycled materials, and buying green power. The final offer package included a pier layout (including seismic evaluation of the existing pier), upland facilities design (including an office building, a warehouse/mechanical building, and parking lot and storage lot layout), an inventory of institutional, recreational, and cultural community amenities, cost estimates, and an economic analysis of the cost versus both sponsor and community return on investment in terms of hard costs and expected new jobs. This plan served as a stepping stone for future economic development.