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Marine learning center gets environmental certification

The Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Wash., recently achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certification.

As a non-profit organization committed to promoting and preserving a rich maritime heritage and on-the-water programs, and nurturing the art and craft of wooden boats, the maritime center was designed not only to protect, but also to improve and restore the waters of the Puget Sound.

The client and the design team considered all aspects of sustainability, ranging from energy use reduction to habitat restoration and material selection.

"A community-based planning process more than 10 years in the making, we ensured the Northwest Maritime Center's two buildings were compatible with the other historic structures in Port Townsend's National Landmark Historic District," said Craig Curtis, the lead designer of the project.

"The two buildings, constructed of over 60 percent of FSC-certified wood, occupy a prime location at the end of Water Street at the transition between the old brick buildings of the late 1890s and the adjacent Coast Guard clapboard buildings at the Point Hudson Marina, which were constructed in the 1930s," he added.

The site of the Northwest Maritime Center was formerly a bulk oil terminal for more than 80 years.

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