Courthouse and Regional Administrative Buildings Project
Update - April 3, 2023
Thurston County general government operations moved to a new location at 3000 Pacific Avenue, Olympia, also known as The Atrium.
The Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) are holding all BoCC meetings at 3000 Pacific Avenue.
The county is now focused on acquiring the services of a progressive design build team to move forward with phase two of the project focusing on upgrading the infrastructure at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia. The request for qualifications is due on April 19, 2023.
Thurston County is growing, and with that growth comes a need for more capacity to continue to provide exceptional public service to the community. To support this, the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) voted 2-1 to move forward with a lease of The Atrium at 3000 Pacific Avenue in Olympia to house the county’s general government operations. The seven-year lease with the property owner will begin April 1, 2022. Once general government operations move to The Atrium, the county will make improvements to the buildings located at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia.
The seven-year lease will cost $1.5 to $1.8 million, or $17.50 per square foot, and commits the county to seven years with an opportunity to extend the lease term by additional years. The current market value in Olympia for similar office buildings is between $24 and $27 per square foot. This savings will help the county save more than $4 million in taxpayer dollars per a seven-year term. The proposed moves are:
The Atrium (3000 Pacific Avenue, Olympia) General Government Building
Board of County Commissioners (incl. Board Room)
Board of Equalization
Board of Health
Budget and Accounting Support Services (BASS)
Central Services Admin
Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED)
Public Works Development Review
Public Health & Social Services Environmental Health Permit Review
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia (proposed)
Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (Criminal and Civil Divisions)
The leasing of the Atrium is 'Plan B'. In 2018, Thurston County and The City of Olympia began collaborating on a project to build a new Thurston County Courthouse and Regional Administrative Building. Through a feasibility study, the BoCC narrowed down three of 12 sites for evaluation. These sites were the current Hilltop Campus, a undeveloped property on Harrison Street, and the City of Olympia's Leigh Crieghton Justice Center on Plum Street. The BoCC selected the Plum Street location in a 2-1 vote.
The proposal was intended to go forward to Thurston County citizens for approval as a ballot measure on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. If approved, the property tax on a $300,000 house would have been about $12 more per month; the cost to build the new facilities was estimated at $250 million.
This cost would have been funded by an increase to the county’s 2021 regular property tax levy, to a total authorized rate of $1.56 per $1,000 valuation. The 2021 levy would have been used as the base for subsequent levy limitations for a total of 25 years. The increase exempted qualified seniors/disabled/veterans from the levy.
However, the BoCC voted unanimously to rescind the ballot measure on March 18, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, the BoCC directed the county manager to begin exploring other options to support space needs. In March 2021, the county manager presented the board with the proposal to increase office space with a leasing strategy and moving general government out of the Courthouse Complex.
Courthouse Feasibility Study Final Report 2018_Update (Posted 10/21/2019)
Courthouse Renderings (Reflects what buildings may look like, not what they will actually look like)
Draft Site Options - January 10, 2019
Harrison West Site - Images
Harrison West Site - Narrative
Hill Top Site - Images
Hill Top Site - Narrative
Plum Street Site - Images
Plum Street Site - Narrative
|Office/Department||First Day Open to Public at 3000 Pacific Avenue|
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