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State calls public meeting on new State Patrol building proposal

OlympianMay 21, 2014 

An artist's conception showing how the design team of Sellen Construction and ZGF Architects think the proposed new State Patrol headquarters, also known as the 1063 Block Replacement Project, could look.

ZGF ARCHITECTS LLP — Sellen and ZGF Architects LLP

The Department of Enterprise Services is holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday evening to explain impacts that a new State Patrol headquarters building near the Capitol could have. Traffic and other impacts of the four- to five-story structure will be discussed.

The meeting is also the first step of an environmental review process on a project that would be built at the corner of Capitol Way and 11th Avenue on the edge of the Capitol Campus.

The state in March selected a design team of Sellen Construction Co. from Seattle and ZGF Architects based in Portland to develop the next phase of the project called a predesign. Negotiations on a contract for that are under way, and DES officials hope to have the team on board by July.

About $13 million is available from a legislative appropriation in 2013 for the project's first phases. But no demolition of the site - which now is occupied by a parking garage and former children's museum - or construction is expected to begin until lawmakers approve funds for the remainder of the $82 million project. That could could happen in 2015.

Predesign includes more detailed assessments of project impacts and detailed drawings of what the 200,000 to 220,000 square foot structure would look like. 

Thursday’s public meeting is scheduled to run three hours and will be held at the Enterprise Services headquarters building, 1500 Jefferson St., just east of the Capitol Campus in Olympia. Details about the so-called 1063 block project are on the DES web site.

The agency is also accepting comments about the project by email at 1063BlockProject@des.wa.gov. In a news release, officials said the meeting “will be the first chance for the public to contribute to the state's State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist process. There will be a public comment period following the formal analysis of the project's potential impacts.”

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