Fort Worden Makers Square Construction Opportunity
Invitation to Bidders
The Fort Worden Public Development Authority is preparing for the first phase of development of Makers Square, a seven-acre arts, culture and education district at the heart of Fort Worden
State Park, a National Historic Landmark located in the seaside community of Port Townsend, Washington.
Phase I will include the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of three historic buildings once critical to the operation of Fort Worden as an Army post. Renovated and repurposed as artist studios,
classrooms, galleries and workspaces, Buildings 305, 308 and 324 will create new experiential, lifelong learning opportunities at Fort Worden.
Signal Architecture + Research, the Fort Worden Public Development Authority, and the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission have collaboratively envisioned Building 305
as the central hub of Makers Square able to support the growth and evolution of Fort Worden into a nationally recognized destination for arts, culture, and education. Buildings 308 and 324
will provide flexible studio space for tenants or multi-purpose functions.
Additional project information will be released in February 2019
About Fort Worden
Constructed in the early 1900s, Fort Worden protected Puget Sound for half a century as the Harbor Defense Command headquarters. Given its exceptional value in illustrating and interpreting the heritage of the United States, it is a designated National Historic Landmark. Over the last four decades Fort Worden has evolved into an iconic 434-acre state park (est. 1973) featuring 70+ historic buildings centered on the Parade Grounds. The Fort Worden Lifelong Learning Center “campus” occupies 95 acres at the heart of the park. The Fort Worden Public Development Authority (PDA) and the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission maintain a collaborative management agreement and 50-year Master Lease for the campus.