State officials say they still plan to announce the apparent winning bidder for the State Patrol office design and construction project on Friday. Three design teams are finalists for the $82 million project.
Initially only one of three teams released an artist's conception showing what the project might look like, although all three did make PowerPoint presentations a week ago in a public meeting in Olympia.
Going first was the team of Sellen Construction and ZGF Architects. I've added artist renditions to this post for two other proposals - one by a team of Hoffman Constrution, Belay Architecture and GBD Architects and one by a team of Mortenson Construction and SRG Partnership.
Last week we also posted video taken by community activists Walt Jorgensen here.
The project is in a bit of a holding pattern after projected costs came in higher than predicted a year ago for financing, and lawmakers needed to authorize changes in the capital budget to accommodate those higher interest costs. But the Republican-led Senate and Democrat-controlled House could not agree on a capital budget, leaving the state Office of Financial Management and Department of Enterprise Services to explore what options they have once the state' design-review panel selects a winning design.
All three proposals include a multi-story interior atrium to bring lighting into work spaces on most floors of the four to five-story structure that would be located at 11th Avenue and Capitol Way on the north edge of the Capitol Campus.
The three projects - all about 200,000 to 225,000 square feet in size, also are environmentally friendly and designed to be highly efficient with energy use, allowing costs of $6 or less per square foot for yearly operations costs.
The $82 million price tag includes $13 million for design and demolition of a parking garage and office building that cover the city-block site. A little over $65 million is the building cost under the bid, and bidders must fit their project features under the limit.