Tumwater’s New Operations & Maintenance Facility
Planning for the Future
Operations and Maintenance (O & M) and Parks Facilities departments are currently housed in two facilities, at two separate locations on Israel Road near City Hall. The existing facilities are no longer able to efficiently support the necessary City operations. The City is growing and the current buildings cannot securely and safely meet the needs of our community. In 2014 the City acquired the former Trails End Arena property, located at 1500 79th Avenue SE, and 7842 Trails End Drive SE in Tumwater, for the purpose of relocating the current facilities for Public Works and Parks Facilities operations.
The City’s property includes a total of 22.5 acres located on two separate parcels of land separated by Trails End Drive. When the property was acquired, it was with the intention that the area would be sufficient to accommodate both the O & M Facility and a future park for the neighborhood. While the current project is primarily focused on the development of the new Facility, overall planning for the property also includes the future park site. Input from area residents will be used to guide the current phase of design work and site planning.
The existing buildings on the Trails End property are scheduled for demolition in 2018. Construction of the new facilities is anticipated to begin in 2020.
In 2016 the City contracted with TCF Architecture for assistance with predesign and conceptual planning for a new City Operations and Maintenance (O & M) Facility to be located on the former Arena property. This work included long-range planning to accommodate growth in order to determine the size of the facilities. As part of the planning process, options were developed for locating the facility on the property and estimated project costs. This process resulted in conceptual site plan alternatives demonstrating that a project meeting the City’s future needs could be constructed on the property within the financing ability of the City.
The work assessed the potential use of existing buildings on the site. Due to the condition, types and locations of the structures, the recommendation is that all existing buildings be demolished.
Contact Jay Eaton, Public Works Director at 360-754-4140, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org