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3 rival design plans submitted for new State Patrol home

OlympianFebruary 20, 2014 

The "1063 building," which formerly housed a children's museum and still has a few paying tenants, is the site of a future office building housing the State Patrol headquarters.


Three teams of architects and contractors have formally submitted their rival proposals for the next state office building planned in Olympia. The state Department of Enterprise Services said Thursday it received the detailed proposals from three finalists selected last November to draw up details – all part of what’s called a design-build process.

The proposed $82 million project will replace the aging building that formerly housed a children’s museum at 1063 Capitol Way, as well as a parking garaged on the same block. The Washington State Patrol headquarters, portions of the Office of Financial Management and some legislative sub-agencies would move into the completed building, which is scheduled to be finished in the fall of 2016.

DES spokesman Jim Erskine said the public will get its first chance to learn details about each of the proposals on March 19. An open house is planned from 6  to 9 p.m. at the Office Building 2 auditorium on the east Capitol Campus.

About $82 million was earmarked a year ago in the capital construction budget for the project, about $65.5 million of which is for the design-build portion. 

“It is on schedule, on budget, etc,’’ project director Rick Browning told a meeting of the Capitol Campus Design Advisory Committee on Thursday morning. 

The design teams in the running are:

  • Hoffman Construction, Belay Architecture and GBD Architects - Officials say Hoffman and Belay did Olympia’s city hall project, which was completed in 2011 and has a high energy-efficiency rating including a green roof and efficient lighting and mechanical systems. 
  • Mortenson Construction Company and SRG Partnership Inc. - Mortenson oversaw the Legislative Building renovation in 2002-04 and constructed Benjamin Hall, an energy efficient research-and-technology structure at the University of Washington in 2006. SRG was the design firm on the Legislative Building project.
  • Sellen Construction Company and ZGF Architects - Sellen and ZGF Architects completed Federal Center South, an energy efficient structure for the Army Corps of Engineers located on the Duwamish Waterway in 2009.
Browning said the anticipated construction costs for the proposed 1063 building are “somewhat less than $300 per square foot,” which he described as fairly competitive for a building of that size and style. The building would measure about 210,000 square feet of office space, and it must meet certain performance standards for energy efficiency and tenant costs to lease the state-owned building must not exceed $26 per square foot per year.

The CCDAC, or Design Advisory Committee, is one of two panels that review state projects to be built in Thurston County. State Sen. Karen Fraser, a Thurston County Democrat and member of the committee, has been pushing for a very public process around the project, which sits at a hinge between the Capitol Campus and the downtown business district.

And in an apparent nod to the city-state concerns, Olympia's assistant city manager, Jay Burney, is among the panelists who will review the three proposals and recommend a finalist.

On Thursday, Fraser insisted that the review committee also get a chance to weigh in directly after the March 19 meeting before a selection committee makes its final recommendation. Chris Liu, director of Enterprise Services, agreed that can happen.

A final decision on the winning design team is expected late in March. Browning said the selection panel includes some highly regarded figures from the construction and design communities. 

DES officials initially said the identity of the selection panel members could not be disclosed until after the process was done, but changed its position after The Olympian asked for the legal justification.

Here are the panelists, as listed by DES:

  • Alex Rolluda, professional architect and CCDAC vice chair
  • Barbara Swift, founder of Swift Company LLC, registered landscape architect and former CCDAC member and chair
  • Maurice Perigo, Office of Financial Management capital budget analyst
  • Gary Larson, 35 years of construction management experience and former General Administration capital program manager
  • Thomas Lindahl, senior professional engineer, Washington State Patrol
  • Lee Copeland, former dean and professor of architecture and planning at University of Washington and University of Pennsylvania, and principal emeritus at Mithun, a Seattle architectural firm
  • Jay Burney, assistant city manager for the city of Olympia
  • Nancy Deakins, DES assistant program manager, Engineering & Architectural Services program
  • Rick Browning, DES project director, 1063 Block Replacement project, and architect and urban designer
More details about the project are linked here.

Stay tuned.

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