Civic Campus Project
Project Overview: 23204 58th Avenue West
The Civic Campus includes City Hall, Fire Station, Library and Police Station. It is connected to the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center via Veterans Memorial Park. The Civic Campus Redevelopment Project consists of a new City Hall (18,600 square feet). This area includes City Council Chambers, public lobby, city offices and associated parking. A Police Station addition of 3,100 square feet is also part of the project.
The project is funded by a 30-year capital bond passed by voters in November of 2017. Estimated cost of the project (design and construction) including the costs of issuing and selling the bonds authorized by ordinance, is $12,500,000. A nine-member City Hall Advisory Committee that worked with the community to plan the project components and preliminary layout prior to the election recommended the project parameters.
In 2018, the City Council authorized the use of park impact fees for the Public Park Plaza located near the corner of 232nd Street and 58th Avenue. The Plaza will serve as a gathering place for civic events and visitors to enjoy our new downtown. It will also include public art paid for with 1% for the arts funding, designated by city code.
The design phase began in 2018 and continued into summer of 2019.
The Civic Campus Bid Process closed on November 19. The City Council voted on December 2, 2019 to award a construction contract to Allied Construction Associates Inc. Staff is now working with the contractor to finalize the contract and making sure all forms (e.g., main contract, performance bond, payment bond, Transfer of Coverage for Construction Stormwater General Permit) are properly executed. A pre-construction meeting will take place the week of December 16-20, 2019 with construction scheduled to begin just after the beginning of 2020.
Artist Selection Recap
Following an extensive search, four local artists were selected to present their designs to the community. Their proposals identify the future Town Center Park Plaza as the general area for locating public art.
On April 25, 2019 the four artists, all from the Pacific Northwest, presented renderings and proposals for their designs for public art in the Civic Campus redevelopment project. The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission and selection panel viewed the renderings and listened to the artist's presentation in the Mountlake Terrace Library.
On May 21, June 5, and June 18, 2019, the Arts Advisory Commission met to discuss artists’ proposals presented during the April 25 open house. After consideration of the proposals, the Commission voted to recommend working with two artists (Louise McDowell and CJ Rench) on two separate projects within the budgeted amount of $87,000. The two artists agreed to provide scaled-down projects that together would share the $87,000 budget.
The Commission recommended allocation of $47,000 to Louise McDowell and $40,000 to CJ Rench. During the September 23, 2019 Arts Advisory Commission meeting, the Commission recognized that the base fabrication and installation and additional flower (original proposal of two flowers and one standalone stem )were beyond the existing available budget ($40,000) and asked if staff could work to identify additional funds. As announced during the October 31, 2019 City Council meeting, Premera Blue Cross contributed $5,000 to help pay for the base fabrication and installation. Staff is continuing to work on identifying additional funding sources to pay for the optional fabrication and installation of one additional flower.
This design concept shows the southeast corner of City Hall (Council Chambers) with the main lobby entrance to the left. Final decisions on materials are pending based upon bid alternatives and costs.