Kitsap Business Briefs

Rice Fergus
Breaks Ground
for Building
Bremerton architectural firm Rice Fergus Miller has broken ground on its own new office building, “cutting holes” in the late 1940s Sears Tire Center in downtown Bremerton to create a new home.
The three-level building, with a mezzanine and open space cut through to the third floor, will house the firm and offer available lease space.
A spokesman for the firm says the re-use of an existing, vacant building is one of the most sustainable things the firm could do. The construction will include selective re-use of demolished materials from the building and source local goods.
The building will be 60 percent more efficient than the Washington State Energy Code requires. Plans include a hybrid natural/mechanical ventilation system, a super-insulated exterior skin and highly efficient windows. A 5,000 gallon rainwater harvesting system will supply 95 percent of toilet flushing needs over the course of the year and 100 percent of irrigation.
The project is tracking to be the first LEED Platinum building in Kitsap County and on the Olympic Peninsula.
Tim Ryan Construction of Poulsbo is the general contractor for this project.
Rice Fergus Miller is a full-service architecture, interior design and planning firm. To reach them visit or call (360) 377-8773.
Port Orchard
Marina Wins
EnviroStar Award
Port Orchard Railway Marina has been recognized as a Clean Marina through the EnviroStar, according to harbor master Capt. Gary McLaughlin.
Created in 2005, Clean Marina Washington identifies marinas which have taken positive and significant steps to manage and reduce waste and to improve the environment. A service of the Kitsap County Health District, EnviroStars recognizes clean business by awarding them a two-to-five star rating. Port Orchard Railway Marina has been awarded four stars.
South Kitsap
Salon Relocates
Cafe Soleil, a popular South Kitsap sun tanning and espresso cafe, has relocated to the corner of Sedgwick and Sidney roads in Port Orchard and expanded at the new location.
Owner Ronda Looney has complemented her tanning and espresso cafe with a hair salon. Local hair stylist Kathy Fitz, formerly of The Artistry Salon, will provide a full service salon. The salon has added two specialty tanning beds and a separate spray tan room.
The espresso drive up opens at 4:30 a.m.
The salon is located at 423 Sedgwick Road SW, Suite 101, in Port Orchard. Reach them at (360) 895-0989.
New Bridal Shop
Opens in Silverdale
Off the Rack Bridal Shoppe, a family-owned bridal shop selling new and used gowns and accessories, has opened in Old Town Silverdale.
The shop, owned by Mary Wiese, is located in a 100-year-old home and was furnished with only repurposed furniture and equipment.
Off the Rack is open by appointment Tuesday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 9020 Washington Ave. in Silverdale. Reach them at (360) 865-0349.
Chicago Company
Picked to Supply
and Install
PSNS Equipment
Panda Machine Tools, Inc., of Chicago is being awarded a $10.9 million contract to supply and install a propulsion shaft lathe at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Work is expected to be completed by August 2012. Eight bids were received. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Puget Sound is the contracting activity.
On the Job
w Art Castle of Kitsap Home Builders Association has been awarded the Hummingbird Award from The O’Brien & Company, the first to receive the accolades outside the firm. For the past year the award has been given internally to honor those who have contributed through their creative energy to the company’s mission of sustainability. Castle was honored for developing the first industry-based and voluntary green building rating program, which now is a national, among other accomplishments.
w Douglas Berger of Silverdale recently was honored with the Tom Gorman Award, the highest level of achievement by the Association of Professional Investment Consultants. Berger was APIC’s president in 2007-2008. He helped develop its educational curriculums and demonstrated the ability to effect change in collaboration with management of the firm.
Kitsap Sun staff

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