O & Railroad Avenue Mitigation Site

Port of Anacortes, WA

The improvement plans mitigate ecological impacts created by shipyard operations. As part of mitigation requirements, the Port incorporated low impact development features using grant money received from the Skagit Marine Resource Committee. HBB was retained to provide a report detailing sustainable demonstration possibilities, shoreline restoration, and public access improvements. HBB then led design team efforts to design, construct, and realize the Port’s vision and goals. An existing concrete slag pile was repurposed as a viewpoint terrace with seating, recycled glass aggregate paving, and cable guardrail. The screen walls mimic rusted sheet piles and integrate ceramic tiles painted by local children. Beach access is provided via a tidal amphitheater and stairway. Along with permeable concrete unit paver parking for Port offices, HBB designed large, whimsical watering cans to direct stormwater from warehouse rooftops into adjacent rain gardens.