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Olympia Waterfront Development Plan


  • Services Provided
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Project Duration
  • 2020-2021
  • Project Architect/Team Lead
  • TAS
  • Urban Design
  • Makers Architecture
  • Civil Engineer
  • SCJ Alliance
  • Marine Engineer
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Client
  • Port of Olympia

The Port of Olympia embarked on an ambitious plan to redevelop one mile of prime waterfront on the southern end of the Puget Sound. The Waterfront Development Plan presents a vision that integrates existing and future infrastructure into publicly and privately funded opportunities to create a regional attraction for business and recreational amenities. SiteWorks provided landscape architectural services to the multidisciplinary team lead by TAS Architects, examining how the plan can improve connections to downtown Olympia and other attractions in the central core of the city; integrate sea-level rise mitigation measures seamlessly into the plan, and how to create iconic public spaces that will draw people to the water and allow them to connect directly with the Puget Sound.
SiteWorks participated in an extensive public outreach campaign that occurred during the height of the COVID pandemic, using multiple technologies and platforms to garner input for the plan including live remote presentations, surveys and web-based information. Input from an advisory group, the Port of Olympia Board, and select stake holders including the local First Nations Tribes was also integrated in a dynamic and flexible process. The plan will set the blueprint to develop partnerships amongst government, civic and business interests to create a one-of-a-kind waterfront that will provide opportunities for both public access and activities and business opportunities.