photoEven though the Centennial Industrial Park is the “new kid on the block” at the Port of Vancouver, the development is already receiving plenty of recognition.

On Wednesday evening, July 24, the Centennial Industrial Park Infrastructure Project received the Top Project Award from the Vancouver Business Journal and the Building Industry Association. Commissioners Jerry Oliver and Brian Wolfe were present at the awards ceremony, and Commissioner Nancy Baker was notified of the good news soon after.

According to event organizers, the port’s infrastructure project received the top prize due to its job creation potential and the port’s economic development contributions to the community. It also received third prize in the Public Project category.

Ideal for light industry, advanced manufacturing and supply chain support, Centennial Industrial Park includes a total of 108-acres, with 58 acres shovel-ready and 50 adjacent acres available for future development. The infrastructure project which received the awards included final site preparation and installation of utilities, roads, sidewalks, landscaping and a state-of-the-industry stormwater treatment facility on the 58-acre portion of the property.

These necessary infrastructure improvements were made possible thanks to a $5.7 million grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Jobs Now Act 2012. The grant allowed the port to move forward on development of Centennial Industrial Park, a project that is expected to generate more than 500 jobs for our community.