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October 28, 2016

$6.1M rehab turns barracks into classrooms

Photo by Laura Walters/Pease Construction [enlarge]

Peninsula College held a grand opening ceremony on Monday for its new classrooms in Building 202 at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend.

The college spent about $6.1 million to renovate the historic building that opened in 1904 as an Army barracks and was converted in the 1950s into a youth treatment center. The renovation brought back some of the interior design that was lost in the 1950s.

Schacht Aslani Architects designed the classrooms to be similar in volume and openness as the original dormitory spaces. Restoration of the exterior was guided by original drawings of the barracks.

Pease Construction was in charge of transforming the 14,000 square feet into seven classrooms, faculty offices and student spaces, including a large lounge on the first floor and a smaller lounge on the second.

Crews demoed the building down to its original rough-sawn framing, then added new framing and mechanical and electrical systems. They also installed historically correct replacement windows.

Doors on the south side of the building were replaced with historically correct replicas, while north side doors were replaced with modern units with glass panes.

Crews rebuilt historic wood columns on the south porch, making them stronger. The north exterior was upgraded with new ADA-compliant ramps and bamboo decking.

The building was repainted after all siding and trim was repaired or replaced.

Other new components were a boiler, radiant heaters and an elevator.

Brian Pease was project manager and Andrew Ellis was project architect. Key subcontractors were Veca Electric, Bratonia Mechanical and Todd Robinson Painting.

The state Parks and Recreation Commission's master plan for Fort Worden has a focus on education, arts, history, stewardship and sustainability.

Peninsula College's main campus is in Port Angeles. In addition to Port Townsend, it has a branch campus in Forks. It previously held classes in an old school building at Fort Worden.

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