Port of Newport: Taking first step to leave its “office box” and into a real Port Headquarters building
Port of Newport commissioners signed on the dotted line Tuesday night to give the green light to their architectural and development firm to proceed with drawing up detailed plans for the port’s new administrative headquarters. The port offices are currently housed in what amounts to a double wide mobile home just west of Englund Marine. And it’s pretty cramped in there.
Under the agreement, CapriArchitecture will refine the design of the single story building which will be the first major upgrade to port offices in recent memory. It will have a streamlined work flow layout so staff offices are effectively situated to promote efficient staff interaction. It will also be wired for state of the art computer and internet access to facilitate workflow. The port commissioners will also have a formal commission meeting room complete with COMFORTABLE audience seating. The lower building roof line was also designed to minimize the building’s impact on residential scenic views just up hill from the port offices.
According to CapriArchiture’s timeline, construction will begin in June of next year, with completion expected in August of 2016, which is just about the same time as ODOT’s Highway 20 project just east of Newport.