Mukilteo Ferry Terminal

Unveiling a new era in ferry terminals, the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal pairs innovative metalwork by Dissimilar Metal Design with a commitment to cultural and environmental integrity, setting a gold standard in sustainable construction.


LMN Architects
Mukilteo Multimodal Ferry Terminal
Mukilteo, Washington
2021
DMD Weathering Steel

Building the first new terminal in 40 years for the country’s largest ferry system, operated by the Washington State Dept. of Transportation, entailed grappling with tricky site conditions and culturally sensitive concerns. The terminal replaced a 63-year-old structure that is part of State Route 525, Washington State Ferries’ (WSF) second-busiest ferry route with 4 million riders annually and an expected walk-on ridership increase of 124% by 2040. 

Designed by LMN Architects, the terminal technical support building was constructed using Weathered Steel by Dissimilar Metal Design. Dissimilar furnished the alloys, fabrication, and finish development, ensuring a seamless process from start to finish.

Nestled where the 1855 Point Elliott Treaty was signed, the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal stands as more than a transit hub; it’s a testament to sensitive placemaking and environmental stewardship.

With over three decades of experience and our proprietary weathering techniques, Dissimilar Metal Design ensured that the weathered steel panels were manufactured with precision and delivered with a fully mature patina on day one, guaranteeing long-lasting durability and minimal maintenance. Using laser cutting technology, the panels were installed directly over concrete block, enduring the rain-prone climate of the Pacific Northwest without any bleeding years after installation.

The perforated weathered steel facade elements in the drive-on section of the terminal serve in both function and form, featuring a laser-cut pattern, creating a symmetrical design. This allowed sunlight to filter through and create a dynamic play of light and shadow.  

Photography by Carolyn Kimm