Clark Construction was honored to be the contractor restoring the National Registered Historic Quartermaster Building at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, Wash. Originally constructed in 1901, the fort has been transformed into a vibrant arts education facility and home to Makers Square, an eight-acre section of the fort envisioned to host art education, gallery shows, studios, and residency programs. The first building constructed at Fort Worden and the original Quartermasters’ Warehouse, Building 305. We transformed this beautiful, 1914-vintage Army storehouse into a vibrant Arts & Education Center in the heart of the Fort Worden campus. Working with Signal Architects of Seattle, we brought the building up to standard for contemporary use while respecting the rich architectural heritage it represents – and the project is aiming for LEED Silver certification. Classrooms and studios range from utilitarian and coarse, for material-intensive programming, through gallery and exhibit education and presentation. A daylit interior, new canopy and bleacher-type loading dock embrace the historic character of the building while preparing it for a wide range of arts programming for the community and visitors. The local Port Townsend radio station KPTZ has also relocated their operation to the ground level of the building.
Buildings 308 and 324, nearby on the Fort Worden campus, have also been upgraded to provide durable, private artist studios. Extensive utility upgrades were made around the grounds.