City chooses design teams for civic center proposals

Sequim Gazette staff

Three design teams were selected to bring proposals to the city council this fall.


City councilors approved contracts Monday, July 15, for three design-build proposals from Lydig of Bellevue, Hoffman Construction Company of Seattle, and BN Builders & The Miller Hill Partnership of Seattle.


All have done projects similar to Sequim’s joint city hall and police station.


The BN Builders & The Miller Hill Partnership built the Burien City Hall and has constructed schools, a retirement center, libraries, a transportation center, a laboratory, a casino expansion, a church and more. Hoffman Construction notably built Olympia City Hall along with libraries, college expansions, a fire station, a marina, a hospital and other projects. Lydig has done work in airports, penitentiaries, hotels, schools and colleges, hospitals and more.


Mayor Ken Hays, City Councilor Laura Dubois, City Manager Steve Burkett and Public Works Director Paul Haines interviewed four agencies on July 9 and recommended the three chosen. In October, the three agencies will return their proposals for the city council to approve. One firm will be chosen for work on the civic center: The other two receive $125,000 each for their work on the proposals. Ground is slated to be broken on the project in early 2014.


Proposal max

Councilors also approved a final price for the civic center not to exceed $11,650,000, given a total square footage of up to 34,000 square feet.


Burkett was given the right to reduce the cost and size of the project if needed for budget and planning concerns.


At this time, the estimated space by department includes roughly 8,100 square feet for public and common areas — including city council chambers — 12,200 for the police department, 6,800 for administrative offices and 6,000 for community development.


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