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A peek at the Edmonds Waterfront Center


Last updated 10/14/2020 at 8:50pm

Brian Soergel

The view from the lounge at the Edmonds Waterfront Center.

Edmonds Waterfront Center Executive Director Daniel Johnson and Facilities Manager Eric Moss are really excited to show guests around the new building that replaces the senior center.

You can see it in the eyes. And why wouldn't they be proud to show wide-eyed guests around the 26,000-square-foot all-electric building – which will serve all age groups – with a 305-panel rooftop solar array?

In other words, zero emissions at a time when the reality of climate change means forcing more companies to focus on reducing greenhouse gases.

And don't forget the in-your-face Puget Sound views that Johnson and Moss are glad to show off whenever they can.

The Waterfront Center plans to open late next month, but events and occupancy will be determined by current coronavirus pandemic directives.

Here's a behind-the-scenes peek at the Waterfront Center, with information taken from a tour and from the center's website.


The first thing you might notice is the absence of the old creosote toxic pilings on the waterfront. Above other things, beach restoration will help restore habitat, absorb wave energy during storms, and increase accessibility.

Main entry and community lounge

The community lounge is sure to attract those who want ferry, sound and mountain view with their coffee. It features natural light from the floor to ceiling windows almost 30 feet high.

The coffee kiosk has a window to the outside, so you can order on the go.

An open staircase leads up to the second floor. An ADA elevator is also available. The Northwest architecture features wood, glass and stone.

A hallway of the main desk will feature art from Northwest artists that will be in rotation for three months.

Banquet room

Brian Soergel

Workers install acoustical tiling on the ceiling in the banquet room.

The center of the new building will be the 3,800-square-foot, west-facing banquet and meeting hall on the main floor. Included will be a commercial kitchen, green room, banquet seating for 208, large screen and projector, and portable stage with theater lighting and sound.

The space will be used daily for meals and programming. Johnson says it's highly likely the space will become popular for weddings and celebration-of-life events.

Multipurpose rooms

Located on the second floor immediately above the banquet room and looking out onto Puget Sound are four multipurpose rooms for classes, lectures, and meetings. The southernmost room also will have a warming kitchen and large deck.

Health and wellness

Four offices will be available for health and wellness visits, including massage, dental, fitness checkups, flu shots, health workshops and more.

The center will also be home to a cold-weather homeless shelter.


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