Seattle — Graham Baba Architects is at work on the Phase 1 Study, Conceptual Design and Planning for the Port of Vancouver USA’s Terminal 1 Market building, the Port’s original marine terminal on the Columbia River near downtown Vancouver. A new approximately 40,000-square-foot public market is envisioned and will provide market stalls for locally sourced produce and gifts, as well as space for restaurants, craft breweries and regional wineries, and day table and booth opportunities.

Port of Vancouver Terminal 1 in 1928.

A visual history of the Port and Vancouver waterfront is also expected to be included. Large timbers will be salvaged from the original warehouse and repurposed in the new building. Terminal 1 was originally developed in the 1920s as a partnership project between the Port of Vancouver USA and the City of Vancouver to provide waterfront warehouse facilities.

The redevelopment of Terminal 1 is part of a larger, 10-acre multi-phased, multi-building development that is slated to include green space for public activities, an amphitheater, bike and walking trails, parking, a public dock for pleasure boats, and a 160-room lifestyle hotel that will feature a rooftop bar. The five-mile-long Waterfront Renaissance Trail, which is adjacent to the market site, connects Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver with Wintler Community Park.

Work on the Phase 1 Study began in January 2018, with the study expected to be completed by September of this year. Following the study, the port will assess alternatives.

In addition to Graham Baba Architects, the consultant team for Phase 1 includes KPFF Consulting Engineers (structural engineering), Interface Engineering (MEP and Sustainability Consulting), ARUP (acoustical consulting), BergerABAM (regulatory and permit consulting) and Rider Levett Bucknall (cost consulting). GreenWorks is contracted separately by the Port for landscape architecture consulting.