OLYMPIA – Work is under way at the Port of Olympia’s marine terminal warehouse, a 25-year-old structure that is getting a new roof and solar panels, the port’s director of engineering said Tuesday.
The re-roofing started last month and is expected to end by Sept. 30, engineering director Rick Anderson said. In addition to a new roof, the southern end of the 76,000-square-foot building also will get 60 to 80 solar panels so that the building is energy self-sufficient, he said.
Doing the work is Krueger Sheet Metal of Seattle at a cost of $883,000, although costs could rise because workers have discovered water leaks, dry rot and damage to the roof framing system, Anderson said. The new roof is made of PVC membrane, which is guaranteed to last 20 years, he said. About a dozen people are working on the new roof, Anderson said.
Marine terminal director Jim Amador said the warehouse, which overlooks West Bay, has been home to several products imported and exported by the port over the years. They include bulk cotton seed, aluminum, garnet – a sand-like substance used in industrial applications – lumber and barrels of butter, he said.
The port lately has been known for its busy export activity, shipping logs to Pacific Rim destinations such as Japan, China and Korea. Weyerhaeuser, the port’s largest log-yard tenant, ships much of its logs to Japan, while Pacific Lumber and Shipping, a division of the Port Blakely Companies of Seattle, ships logs to China.