Courthouse and Regional Administrative Buildings Project
Update - November 2, 2022
Thurston County general government operations currently located at the Courthouse Complex on Lakeridge Drive, Olympia, are moving to a new location at 3000 Pacific Avenue, Olympia, also known as The Atrium. While the move will result in days where the offices and departments public lobbies will be closed, online and telephone services will still be available.
The Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) will continue to hold all public meetings at the Courthouse Complex, 2000 Lakeridge Drive, Building 1, Room 280 through December 31, 2022. The BoCC meetings will be held at 3000 Pacific Avenue beginning January 1, 2023.
Offices and departments will pack and move the last two working days of the week, unpack on a Monday, and open to the public on a Tuesday. This move will not interfere with elections or voter services.
The schedule is reflected below:
|Office/Department||Last Day Open to the Public at Courthouse Complex||First Day Open to Public at 3000 Pacific Avenue|
|Tuesday, November 8||Tuesday, November 15|
Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)
|Wednesday, November 16||Tuesday, November 22|
|Monday, November 21||Tuesday, November 29|
Wednesday, November 30
Tuesday, December 6
Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED)
|Wednesday, December 7||Tuesday, December 13|
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 on the Hilltop Campus, located at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia, to meet the needs of new Law and Justice Center.
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
- BoCC, including Commissioner’s Chambers/Board Room
- Assessor’s Office
- Auditor’s Office
- Treasurer’s Office
- Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED)
- Public Works Development Review
- Public Health and Social Services Environmental Health Permit Review
- Central Services Admin and Accounting
- Board of Equalization
- Information Technology
- Human Resources
Hilltop Campus (Law and Justice Center)
- Clerk’s Office
- Pre-Trial Services
- Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (Criminal and Civil Divisions)
- Superior Court
- District Court
- Public Defense
- Drug Court
- Resource Hub
Buildings 5 & 6:
- Sheriff’s Office
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.
Ordinance Adopted February 4, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Ordinance Adopted November 12, 2019
Courthouse Feasibility Study Final Report 2018_Update (Posted 10/21/2019)
Courthouse Feasibitlity Study Final Report 2018
Ordinance Adopted April 30, 2019
2016 Courthouse Conditions Study
Courthouse Renderings (Reflects what buildings may look like, not what they will actually look like)
Recording of January 15 Briefing
Recording of January 10 Briefing
Draft Site Options - January 10, 2019
Recording of December 13 Briefing
2015 Comprehensive Feasibility Plan on Current Courthouse Complex
Harrison West Site - Images
Harrison West Site - Narrative
Hill Top Site - Images
Hill Top Site - Narrative
Plum Street Site - Images
Plum Street Site - Narrative
Recording of the October 16, 2018 session at the Olympia Center - Site Criteria
Recording of the November 6, 2018 session at the Lacey Community Center - Layout Options