Wesley A. Wenhardt


Foss Waterway Seaport

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Foss Waterway Seaport

Executive Director

Tacoma / Washington, US
August, 2013 – Present

The Foss Waterway Seaport celebrates Tacoma’s rich maritime heritage—past, present and future.
The Foss Waterway Seaport is Puget Sound’s maritime heritage, education, and event center where families, groups and communities come to discover, explore, work and play. Located on the waterfront in a century-old wooden wheat warehouse, built for cargo arriving by rail and departing by sail, (“where rails met sails “) during the early years of Tacoma. Activities include: Maritime Heritage Exhibits, Heritage Boat Shop, Guest Boat Moorage, Land & Boat Based Education Programs and Event Rental Space.

Work began in mid-February on the restoration and rebuilding of the west, south and east walls of the Seaport’s Balfour Building. A combination of a Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation grant of $750,000 and private donations raised by the Seaport are paying for the $1.4 million dollars of work now underway. Care has been taken by the architects, Olson Kundig Architects, to make sure that once the renovation and rebuilding is complete, the exterior walls will look very much as they did when the building was first constructed. The Seaport is working with Jones and Roberts Company as the primary contractor – who constructed the dramatic glass wall on the north end of the building.