The Port of Vancouver is building a new industrial building in hopes of attracting new manufacturing, warehousing and distribution businesses to the port.The Centennial Industrial Building is being constructed along Northwest 32nd Avenue, across from the port’s administrative office. It will be a 125,000-square-foot light-industrial building capable of being customized for up to five tenants.Abbi Russell, spokeswoman for the port, said the port’s leasable facilities have been 99 percent occupied for the last three years and the new building will create opportunities for more growth.“This is critical to achieving the mission of bringing economic benefit to the community,” she said.Mike Schiller, director of business development at the port, said staff has spoken with several interested parties about moving into the building, but as of yet there aren’t any committed tenants.Schiller also said an extra incentive for manufacturers is the port’s status as a federal foreign trade zone. That allows manufacturers to bring in raw materials — which ordinarily might be taxed individually and at different rates — and combine them into finished goods which are taxed after a sale is made. The zone is supervised by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Portland.The building is currently under construction and is set to be complete by sometime next summer. The port plans to rent the space at about $0.48 per square foot with a surcharge of $0.85 for per square foot for office space.The Centennial Industrial Park was partly funded with a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The Centennial Industrial Building is being funded through revenue bonds.
Yet again, Krista Colvin lies in a hospital bed awaiting surgery. A year ago, the surgery was to remove her breasts. This time, the surgery will reconstruct them.Dr. Allen Gabriel walks into the room. “Hey, you ready?”“Yeah,” Krista replies. “This is the good surgery.”The 44-year-old Camas mother of two first discovered a lump in her right breast in early 2010. The cancer had already spread to her lymph nodes. Because her form of cancer was aggressive, she had both breasts removed.She and her husband, Mike, were somber and tearful in the moments before that earlier surgery. Their mood this time is almost giddy. They kiss goodbye, and Gabriel assures Mike he’ll call when the surgery is over.“There’s a different feeling to this,” Mike says. “I’m not really worried.”Gabriel began preparing Krista for reconstruction more than a year ago. He worked alongside the general surgeon during her mastectomy. He inserted expanders, which were later pumped full of saline to stretch her skin and muscle and create a pocket for silicone implants. The expanders gave her body a suggestion of the curves that reconstruction would eventually make permanent. But they were uncomfortable rock-hard lumps that strained against skin and scar tissue.That’s why, even after all the preparation, Gabriel spends the first part Krista’s reconstructive surgery carefully cutting away scar tissue.“This is almost like cutting through rock,” he says, working a scalpel through the web built up, in part, by six weeks of radiation treatments. Once Gabriel is satisfied with the pocket he creates on the right side, he moves on to the left, where the skin is more supple. Then he’s able to place the implants.