Port of Toledo's Environmental Work Building Maintains State Support

The Port of Toledo is set to complete its years-long transformation of a shuttered boatyard into its Environmental Work Building. This key repair facility will not only draw commercial, recreational and research vessels from up and down the West Coast, it will also proudly serve regional fishing fleet needs.

Initial funding was awarded to the port from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Business Oregon in 2017 and project amendments were approved in 2019 and 2021, respectively, due to complex geotech and seismic design, COVID-19 related delays and increased construction costs. The total budget is $6M, with approximately $2M coming from Connect Oregon and $4M from the Special Public Works Fund.

The Environmental Work Building is airtight, watertight, and climate controlled, and includes an enclosed workspace for year-round maintenance on vessels of all sizes up to the capacity of the port's 660-ton lift. The facility also will accommodate the construction of vessels. These operational efficiencies will relieve bottlenecks in seasonal demand and reduce service costs to owners.

The facility meets the port's environmental vision, encompassing state of the art measures to eliminate or reduce hazardous materials that may exist during maintenance operations such as sandblasting, hull washing, and zinc replacement.

As part of the port's strategic planning, this project created 12 jobs that require welding, painting, labor, and administrative skills, respectively. The project deadline is fall 2021.