Capitol Master Plan

Master Plan Work Group Session

May 21, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Joel M. Pritchard Building, Washington Room
415 15th Avenue SW

Olympia, WA

Update of the 2006 Master Plan

The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is updating the 2006 Capitol master Plan. At the request of DES, the Capitol Campus Design Advisory Committee (CCDAC) created a work group to support the plan update. It is expected the update of the Master Plan will be completed by the end of 2015.

DES is committed to actively engaging a full range of stakeholders in the Master Plan update. Stakeholders include state government, the community, local governments, and others who are impacted by the presence of state government offices in Thurston County.

To assist in this endeavor, DES will provide information on the current progress of the update and resources for future meetings. For information on how to be involved, contact Lenore Miller, Master Plan lead, (360) 407-8272.

Master Plan Documents

The 2006 Master Plan addresses contemporary issues of state facility construction and location that affect facilities planning and decision-making in the capital community of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, and Thurston County.

2016 Master Plan Progress

April work session: the work group recognized a need to rewrite the current Capitol Master Plan to acknowledge the changes in our environment, and reflect current values. These include:

  • Changes in operating environment: OFM’s state agency facilities oversight role, more interest and involvement by Legislature
  • Changes in the way we 'office': Mobile work environment, better space design accommodating the need for less space while at the same time capturing the need for more space for collaborative work, and other innovations and business transformations.
  • Focus on a portfolio approach: integrating decision-making to include both state-owned and leased elements.
  • Express our values in terms that are more relevant: change from 'durability' of state facilities to 'sustainability' for example; and alignment between our stewardship values and the principles and policies of the plan.
  • Incorporate 'cradle to cradle' thinking, and a 'triple bottom line' ethic that values and strikes appropriate balances among 'people, planet and profit.'

The work group recognized the need to make the plan more actionable and specific.

  • Add a level of design guidance that provides a framework for designers of future improvements, whether we’re re-investing in existing properties or undertaking new development.
  • Establish a decision-making process for projects that is based on clear and consistent criteria.
  • Apply the Highest and Best Use Chart already established in the current Capitol Master Plan to Opportunity Sites.
  • Be more specific about Financial Performance, strategies and portfolio management.

April work session: the work group discussed the schedule of work. A draft scope of work has been completed and June through November 2014 will be spent finalizing the scope, collecting data, and analyzing and developing:

  • Process issues
  • Policy issues
  • Physical issues – Opportunity Sites.

A draft Master Plan is schedule for completion by January 2015, with the following year spent engaging stakeholders and reviewing and updating the Master Plan based on stakeholder feedback and current reports.

Master Plan Resources


  • 1991 Master Plan
  • Campus Maps
    • East Campus
    • West Campus
    • Tumwater Satellite Campus
    • Lacey Satellite Campus
  • Thurston County Lease and Space Planning
  • Opportunity Sites


  • Proposed Work Group Schedule (2014)
    • Draft Agenda – August (Coming Soon)
    • Draft Agenda – September (Coming Soon)
  • Proposed Work Group Schedule (2015)
    • Draft Agenda – January (TBD)
    • Draft Agenda – April (TBD)

Studies and Reports