Washington State Legislative Building

Olympia, WA

Judicial & Civic Government

exterior view

Sensitive modernization of this 1927 building has preserved its failing structure for future generations with updated spaces and systems to meet current needs as well as safety, accessibility and security standards. Earthquake damage had adversely impacted the structure's condition, most notably by shifting the massive columns that support the dome (the fourth largest in the world). Our approach exceeded expectations for achieving these complex goals while also saving the client approximately $25 million over the previously proposed plan.

Because this project was designed to LEED for Existing Buildings standards, we evaluated innovative and cost-efficient energy solutions. Cooling load evaluations took into account the shading of the building's monumental columns, reducing the load by half from previous calculations.

Building Facts

  • 276,000 GSF modernization
  • Legislative assembly room
  • Viewing galleries
  • Offices

Awards & Honors

  1. Honor Award

    AIA National

  2. Honor Award

    AIA Eastern New York

  3. Honor Award

    AIA Washington Council

  4. Merit Award

    AIA New York State

  5. Public Building of the Year

    Northwest Construction Consumer Council

  6. Special Achievement Award

    State Historic Preservation Office of Washington

Serving the Public

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Washington State Legislative Building required sensitive renovation to preserve its failing structure for future generations and to update its spaces and systems to support the complex day-to-day business of governance and its people.

Modernization Historic Preservation

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