What was formerly an underutilized three story suburban office building in Lacey, WA, 621 Woodland Square Loop has been completely transformed to house the new headquarters for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC). Weber Thompson was hired to redesign the existing core and shell and coordinate UTC’s program and TI design. The existing building was re-skinned for a more contemporary design and two additional wings were added to nearly double the building’s footprint from 23,000 sf to 43,600. The new building emphasizes occupant comfort with ample daylighting, natural materials, generous lobby and breakout spaces and a large landscaped terrace. In addition, improved energy performance through an efficient envelope and a solar PV array as well as a new storm water management system demonstrate practical sustainable design solutions.
Building massing was designed to reflect the institutional nature of a government headquarters while allowing for two front doors – the current main entrance facing Thomas W. Huntamer Park as well as another, opposite entrance acknowledging the City of Lacey’s future master plan.
The project provides an accessible connection to the park, which serves as the hub of Lacey’s community events. Outdoor patios and gathering spaces are open to the public, highlighted by a newly created rain garden.
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