The facility serves as an administration building for the Port of Kalama. Additional design requirements included incorporating an interpretive center into the facility that would highlight the significance of transportation to the development of the region. The interpretive center was designed to house an historic locomotive inside. At the time the building was constructed the Port had not yet acquired a locomotive. The building was designed so that a portion of the exterior wall could be removed to allow the locomotive to roll into the building.
The Port requested the design incorporate elements reminiscent of the turn of the century industrial buildings at the Port. The building borrowed elements from that timeframe including metal roofing and siding with steeply pitched gabled roofs. The cupola was a replica of the control house on a ferry that used to cross the river at Kalama.