TAS will complete studies on three potential sites for the new Courthouse and Civic Center
OLYMPIA – On Friday, August 24, Thurston County signed a contract with Thomas Architecture Studios, Inc. (TAS) of Olympia to complete a feasibility study on three potential sites for the Courthouse and Civic Center project.
Six proposals were submitted and reviewed by the County’s Evaluation and Selection Panel. The selection panel consisted of representatives from the Commissioner's Office, Superior Court, District Court, Assessor’s Office, Auditor’s Office, Treasurer’s Office, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Public Defense, Sheriff’s Office, Central Services Department, and the City of Olympia. The selection panel chose three firms for interviews. The consensus of the panel was a recommendation to award the contract to Thomas Architecture Studies, Inc.
Thomas Architecture Studios, Inc. (TAS), with President Ron Thomas, AIA,has been in business for 10 years, with headquarters in downtown Olympia since 2011. TAS has extensive experience providing design and consulting services to several government and public agencies in Thurston, Pierce, Kitsap, and Lewis Counties. TAS’s team includes professional consulting companies such as HOK, SCJ Alliance, PCS Structural Solutions, Hultz BHU, and other specialized experts, as needed.
The feasibility study’s objective is to perform an in-depth analysis on each of the three sites. TAS will evaluate issues such as customer service, economic development, life cycle costs, environmental sustainability, safety, parking, and transit services. The Citizen’s Advisory Committee will also participate in the study process to ensure important issues are brought to the table and addressed.
The comprehensive feasibility study willprovide detailed information for the Commissioners to consider in selecting the final site. Based on the results of the feasibility study and public input, the Commissioners expect to include a measure for funding of the project on the August 2019 ballot.
The Commissioners, County leadership team, and City of Olympia evaluated 12 potential sites and selected three sites to be evaluated further in the feasibility study.
These sites include (in no order of preference):
Hilltop (existing location of six County Buildings) - Approximately 26 acres located at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia Old City Hall (presently known as the Creighton City of Olympia Municipal Court) - Approximately 10 acres located at 900 Plum St SE
Harrison West (undeveloped property) - Approximately 27 acres located in West Olympia at Kaiser Rd SW and Harrison Ave NW
The County and Thomas Architecture Studios, Inc. (TAS) will also be coordinating outreach efforts to get public feedback on the sites and project over the coming months. These outreach activities include surveys, open houses, and informational videos.
The County has also created a webpage to host up-to-date information about the project including upcoming meeting dates, reference documents, and information about the Citizen Advisory Committee. Visit the webpage at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/bocc/Pages/courthouse-civic-project.aspx