The Port Angeles Waterfront Center (PAWC), a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit corporation, was established to accept Donna Morris’ gift and fulfill her wish.
Nestled between Olympic National Park and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Port Angeles is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Our geographic location, the Native American culture, and our industrial history all shape how we live, work, and play. One way our community tells its story, shares its history, and showcases its culture is through the arts.
The PAWC has designed Field Hall to be a modern, state-of-the- art, multi-purpose arts and events facility. In addition to hosting local and guest performances and events, the building will also offer a coffeeshop and gallery space exhibiting the talent of local, regional, and national artists.
Cultural activity provides a vital contribution to the livability and economic viability of the entire region. Adding an iconic facility to our area not only increases local access to arts and events, it can also help us economically leverage the millions of people who choose to visit our community annually.
Over $30 million in new construction
Increased local construction related business: lumber supply, concrete services, rental equipment, etc.
Over 200,000 craft worker hours
Increased staffing needs and longer hours of operation in related indirect services: restaurants, hotels, etc.
Over $3 million in state and local taxes
Over $400 thousand in permits and fees
Over $1 million in hotel revenue
Over $500 thousand increase in local restaurant revenue
Possibility of attracting new residents to the area
In our early conceptual design work, we recognized that the project site was larger than needed and that waterfront property is too beautiful and too valuable to be merely used as a parking lot. The Port Angeles Waterfront Center Board invited the Marine Discovery Center (MDC) consortium (Feiro Marine Life Center, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Foundation) and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe (LEKT) to join as “site partners” on a campus combining arts, science, and culture. Both agreed.
Each of the site partners is responsible for the design, fundraising, and construction of their own facilities but will work together on shared site planning and expenses.
The site partners have a shared goal that this place is a vibrant, welcoming destination celebrating people, history, and natural environments—the core of arts, science, and culture on the Olympic Peninsula.