“New Ideas, Need Old Buildings.” – Jane Jacobs

Makers Square is envisioned as a new creative district at Fort Worden.

Makers Square will include nine historic structures that will offer more than 50,000 sq. ft. of flexible facilities. Programmatic spaces in Makers Square will usher in artists, nonprofit organizations, and creative businesses that add to the vitality of Fort Worden through artist residencies, classes, exhibitions, and workshops. Aspiring and master artists, craftsman, and makers will find a year-round community with which they can create, collaborate, educate, and connect with new audiences.

The Makers Square project will impact the artist, cultural, and economic factors that enhance the visibility of Fort Worden, which directly contributes to the prosperity of our region.

Makers Square

Phase I – Building 305, 308, 324

Makers Square Phase I represents a $13.4 million capital investment in the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of three historic buildings. Renovated Building 305, 308, and 324 will provide 25,000 sq. ft. of new programmatic space capable of supporting multidisciplinary arts, culture, and education programming. The surrounding landscape will be upgraded to build visual and physical connections between the creative, interpretive spaces and the public.

One of the first facilities to be constructed at Fort Worden, Bldg. 305 was completed in April 1904 and designated as the post’s Quartermaster Office. Buildings 308 and 324 located to the north and west of Building 305, were primarily used for bulk storage and as warehouses. The proposed project will focus on a seismic retrofit and a shell and core renovation to address deferred maintenance and to install utility, sewer, water and electrical services. Structural and systems improvements will increase the efficiency and safety of each building. New ADA bathrooms and ramps will improve accessibility and user comfort. Site improvements will balance pedestrian and vehicle traffic surrounding the facilities.

Building 305 – 15,000 sq. ft.

Main Floor

Two classrooms, two exhibition spaces, a gallery corridor and a reception area.


KPTZ 91.9FM, a nonprofit community radio station complete with modern recording and broadcast studios, administrative spaces, a music library and a musicians’ lounge.


Flexible meeting and workspaces suitable for a variety of experiential learning opportunities.

Building 308 – 2,500 sq. ft.

Two studios with high ceilings separated by an interior wall, and a common area.

Building 324 – 3,000 sq. ft. 

Four studios with high ceilings separated by an interior wall, and a common area.

Phase II – Makers Square Site Improvements a $1.2 million capital project.

Phase III – Buildings 304, 309, and 325.

Building 305

Supporting Documents:
Fort Worden Lifelong Learning Center Program Development & Capital Improvement Plan
Signal Architecture + Research Preliminary Schematic Designs for buildings 305, 308 and 324

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