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Port of Vancouver USA shares vision for Terminal 1 waterfront development - 09/13/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Port of Vancouver USA held two public events on Sept. 11 to share its vision for the Terminal 1 waterfront development project.

The Terminal 1 project revitalizes the port’s birthplace – a former marine and industrial site – on the Columbia River in downtown Vancouver, creating a public gathering space to attract locals and visitors alike.

“Terminal 1 holds a special place in our community, physically and emotionally,” said Project Manager Jonathan Eder. “It’s the entrance to Washington state and Vancouver from the south, it’s where we started moving cargo on the Columbia River a century ago, and it’s long been our community’s link to the river. It deserves to be something special that reflects our unique culture and sense of place, and that’s how we’ve approached the entire process of redevelopment.”

Design elements
Port staff and consultants shared project renderings and a walk-through video with the port’s Board of Commissioners, Terminal 1 advisory committee and the public during a workshop and open house Sept. 11.

The visuals showed multi-story office and mixed-use buildings; the 160-room AC by Marriott hotel planned for construction in 2019; the Renaissance Trail extension and beautifully landscaped public spaces; public and cruise ship docks; and a public marketplace on the dock over the Columbia River.

The public marketplace design evokes Terminal 1’s industrial history, with a basilica roof, corrugated metal siding and garage doors that can be rolled up to provide indoor/outdoor space. It is intended to complement Vancouver’s existing Farmers Market, with vendors and restaurants selling local food and drink, crafts, art and more.

Next steps
The project team is nearing 30 percent design and will begin developing cost estimates and plans for project phasing and funding.

For more information on the Terminal 1 project and to view the preferred alternative, visit www.portvanusa.com/key-projects/waterfront-project.

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The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

Board of Commissioners approves 2018 Strategic Plan - 09/11/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners today unanimously approved the port’s 2018 Strategic Plan. The new plan includes a new vision statement and outlines 20 goals and 66 strategies to guide the port’s activities and budget for the next decade.

The plan was developed over 11 months with broad public and stakeholder input, including advisory panels, public open houses, commission meetings, public workshops and hundreds of public comments.

“We appreciate all the time and energy our community has put in as we’ve created our new strategic plan,” said CEO Julianna Marler. “We heard from hundreds of people, both within the port and across our community. Their perspectives helped us develop a balanced plan so we can continue to advance as an organization while achieving our state-directed purpose and our mission of creating economic benefit through leadership, stewardship and partnership in marine, industrial and waterfront development.”

Developing the plan
The port first developed a strategic plan in the early 2000s and updated it each year as necessary. By 2017, the port needed a new plan to address organizational change, including completion of many key initiatives; marine and industrial business growth; identification of new projects; and changes in staff and elected leadership.

The port hired Vancouver-based Maul Foster & Alongi in summer 2017 to assist in creation of the new plan. The process included interviews with each commissioner and nearly all port staff; stakeholder research interviews; four advisory panels with more than 80 participants; two public open houses; seven public workshops; more than a dozen commission meetings and; hundreds of public comments.

Community input was incorporated in the plan in a variety of ways, including the new vision statement and goals and strategies aimed at:

  • Supporting industrial jobs and economic development
  • Supporting regional economic development organizations and identified priorities, including workforce development
  • Focusing on full utilization of property and infrastructure investments
  • Taking a leadership role in supporting Columbia River channel maintenance and infrastructure
  • Adopting a Climate Action Plan
  • Pursuing innovative business opportunities and renewable, clean energy projects
  • Additional transparency and regular, two-way communications with the community
  • Increasing opportunities for public access, including the Columbia River waterfront

The 2018 Strategic Plan is available at www.portvanusa.com/key-projects/strategic-plan, the port’s Administrative Offices and local public libraries.

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The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

Port commissioners call for replacement of Interstate 5 Bridge - 09/11/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners today approved 2-1 a resolution supporting replacement of the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River.

The resolution states that the ports of Vancouver, Camas-Washougal and Ridgefield support a replacement bridge and a multimodal approach that would support the region’s transportation needs. The resolution also urges Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Legislature to provide adequate funding to the Washington State Department of Transportation to materially advance project development.

The Port of Camas-Washougal’s commission approved the resolution on Sept. 4; it is expected to go before the Port of Ridgefield’s commission on Sept. 12.

Read the full resolution.

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The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

View Terminal 1 preferred alternative at two public events Sept. 11 - 09/06/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Port of Vancouver USA will unveil its preferred-alternative conceptual design for the Terminal 1 waterfront development in two public events on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The first chance to see the design is a public workshop after the regularly scheduled Sept. 11 Board of Commissioners meeting. The commission meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at the port’s administrative offices, 3103 Northwest Lower River Road, Vancouver; the workshop will immediately follow.

Later that same day, the port is hosting an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Warehouse ’23 Event Space, 100 Columbia Way, Vancouver. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Attendees will see design renderings, and port staff and consultants Graham Baba and Greenworks will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

Staff and consultants presented initial conceptual designs to the port’s Board of Commissioners, Terminal 1 advisory committee and the public during a workshop, meeting and public open house in May. Since then, the project team has been fine-tuning designs to develop a preferred-alternative conceptual design.

If the Board of Commissioners approves the design on Sept. 11, staff and consultants can begin developing cost estimates and plans for project phasing and funding.

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The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

Staff plugs in Port of Vancouver electric vehicle
Staff plugs in Port of Vancouver electric vehicle
Need a charge? Plug in at the Port of Vancouver USA (Photo) - 08/23/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Port of Vancouver USA, in its continuing commitment to leadership and environmental stewardship, has installed a two-unit, Level 2 electric vehicle charging station at its administrative offices for public and staff use.

The charging station, purchased from ChargePoint, provides adequate charging for electric vehicles that will be at the port for at least an hour. There is a two-hour limit on use of the station to ensure adequate availability, and the usage charge is 22 cents per kilowatt hour.

“Our electric vehicle charging station is a great amenity we can offer the community and our staff, and a very tangible way for us to continue supporting the sustainability that has long been a core value for the Port of Vancouver,” said CEO Julianna Marler.

The Port of Vancouver is dedicated to the health of the economy, our community and the environment. As a sustainable port, we look at our operations in an all-inclusive manner that allows us to remain fiscally and operationally responsible, both within the boundaries of the port and in the larger community.

The port details its sustainability efforts each year in its “We Can!” report, a plan that started in 2008 with the goal of meeting today’s global economic, environmental and social needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.

Learn more about the port’s sustainability efforts and read the 2017 “We Can!” report at www.portvanusa.com/about/sustainability.

Photo: Port of Vancouver USA Economic Development Project Manager Jim Hagar plugs in the port’s Kia Optima hybrid electric vehicle.

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The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.