By Oliver Lazenby
Port of Bellingham contractor Dawson Construction is making progress on a new webhouse building near Milhollin Drive that port officials expect to be nearly complete in November.
Construction started last month. This week, Dawson poured a concrete foundation, began work on replacing a waterline, removed asphalt and did other prep work for a stormwater filtration pond.
The 20,600-square-foot, $3.4 million building will replace a webhouse building near McMillan Avenue. That building will be demolished to make way for commercial and industrial business expansion in that area.
The port’s webhouse buildings serve as storage lockers and work spaces for commercial fishers.
Site preparation for the new webhouse started last September and the port originally hoped to complete the project in 2018. However, once soil was placed on the site to prepare for construction, the port decided to allow the site more time to settle into the underlying dredged sediment.
Pouring a concrete foundation before the site thoroughly settled could lead to the foundation cracking, said Andy Peterson, Blaine harbormaster.
The project also includes a lighted, eight-foot-wide gravel trail around the water’s edge from the marina to the boat launch.