Olympia City Hall

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A $35.6 million, 89,000 SF office and administration building designed to encompass all of the various departments of city government as well as the new Police Headquarters under one roof.

The 28,141 first floor contains the main public lobby, council chambers, break-out meeting rooms and the new police headquarters including locker areas, storage facilities, and briefing rooms. On site secured parking for forty-nine vehicles is provided and all remaining parking per zoning codes is provided “off-site” per a City of Olympia parking agreement/requirement.

The second floor contains 7,000 SF of programmed police functions and an additional 8,926 SF of open flexible office space. The third and fourth floors, each encompassing 18,400 SF, are comprised of a variety of private office spaces, break rooms and more than 11,000 SF of open office.

The new city hall building, with a two story façade on its main Fourth Avenue side, is situated and designed to blend in with the low-rise buildings in the neighborhood and fits into its surroundings, while being representative of the seat of government. The centerpiece of the structure is the council chambers, which is placed behind a glass wall so it is visible to people passing by representing the impression of the “transparency” desired of city government. Curves and arcs are incorporated into the meeting rooms to represent a “non-linear” flow of ideas and the sharing of concerns.

The project incorporates maximized daylighting and views for regularly occupied spaces including offices, low VOC finishes, an eco-roof and public open space, and has reduced energy usage by 42.6% and water usage by 45%. The project was awarded as a Design-Build Competition.