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Washington Public Utilities District Association - Olympia, Washington

The WPUDA development in Olympia was the first new construction project in Washington State to be rated LEED® Platinum, the highest level of certification possible. Sitts & Hill's scope of work included surveying, civil and structural design, and landscape architecture for the three-story 20,200 square-foot office building including an underground parking garage. Aside from the fast-track design-build process, one unique aspect of the project was the limitations of the surrounding properties. The site was completely bounded on all sides by existing historic and non-alterable facilities, while the new building was constructed to within five feet of the property lines on all sides. This presented a challenging design limitation for utilities and site features necessary to support LEED® accreditation. Additionally, the structure was designed with many materials including concrete, precast concrete, masonry and wood framing to achieve a Platinum rating. Sitts & Hill Engineers, Inc. prepared environmental documents, reports and plans necessary to obtain the required permits from the City of Olympia, as well as final construction documents.

Completed in the fall of 2007, the project has received many accolades, including the 2008 Build Washington Award in the Green Building category by Washington's AGC and the Best of 2008 Design Build / Office Industrial under $50 million by Northwest Construction.