The Port of Ridgefield was recently chosen as the “apparent successful proposer” for the construction and leasing of a Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife building in Ridgefield expected to cost approximately $8 million and slated to house 100 employees. This elevation above by Mackenzie is of a 40,000 sq. ft. tilt-construction building the Port of Ridgefield proposed for the project.

The Port of Ridgefield recently announced it was named the “apparent successful proposer” by the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services for the construction and leasing of a 31,400 sq. ft. building to house the regional headquarters of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. The agency currently employs approximately 100 people at its Vancouver, Wash. location. All operations will move to Ridgefield if DES and the Port of Ridgefield negotiate a mutually-satisfactory agreement.

The estimated construction cost of the project is $8 million on a Port-owned site at South 11th Street in Ridgefield. In addition to the office facility, plans call for 8,000 sq. ft. of covered, secure storage.

“If this all comes to fruition, as we believe it will, this will be a very big deal for Ridgefield,” said Port of Ridgefield CEO Brent Grening. “Our staff and advisory team members worked diligently to craft a thoughtful, competitive response to DES’s Request for Proposal. We are thrilled the Port of Ridgefield was chosen and we look forward to welcoming WDF&W to our community,” Grening said.

The Port and DES met on November 24, 2015 to determine a schedule for drafting preliminary plans required for lease negotiations. Plans are schedule to be provided by DES in mid-January 2016, a final draft lease will be prepared and submitted for Port and DES consideration, and a firm project cost estimate will be developed and presented to the Port, DES and the Washington Office of Financial Management for approval. If all stages in the process are agreeable to all parties, building design, site analysis and permitting will begin in February. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2017.