The Maritime Innovation District at Fishermen’s Terminal is an important nexus of Seattle’s maritime and technology sectors.
Client Port of Seattle
Certifications Pursuing Living Building Challenge Certification
Size 26 acres
A beloved living and working community landmark, Fishermen’s Terminal serves as the home port for Seattle’s commercial fishing fleet and is poised to become the hub for the region’s growing “Blue Tech” economy. Committed to growing Seattle’s maritime technology sector, the Port of Seattle is working with Miller Hull to envision a Maritime Innovation District at Fishermen’s Terminal, comprised of the Maritime Innovation Center for seeding small startups, and the Gateway Maritime Technology Incubator, a complex of flexible energy-efficient and well-daylit industrial workspaces for more established maritime enterprises.
A renovation of the Terminal’s oldest remaining structure, the Maritime Innovation Center is planned as a hub that supports and drives innovation in the maritime sector through collaborative research and development facilities. In alignment with the Port’s mission to become the greenest and most energy efficient Port in North America, the building is seeking full Living Building Challenge certification, with innovative and sustainable strategies, serving as a model for other ports to follow.
Meanwhile, the Gateway Maritime Technology Incubator has been planned to co-locate innovative maritime startups within an interconnected complex where chance encounters are maximized to spur further innovation. Located at the primary entrance gateway to the Terminal, daily activity within the complex will be on display to visitors, increasing awareness of Seattle’s maritime history and innovative future.
Linking the two buildings, comprehensive landscape and wayfinding improvements are planned across the Terminal in an effort to enhance the visitor experience while accounting for both pedestrian and worker safety on this active industrial site.