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State releases drawings for two more State Patrol building designs

OlympianMarch 26, 2014 

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.

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