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EnergizingEast Bay
Meeting Community Goals
In combination, the community benefits provided by this partnership will be much greater than the sum of the
individual projects. Together, the projects help fulfill three key community goals.
Education
and beyond
The East Bay district will create learning opportunities for all ages. New projects include expanding the regional
children’s museum, establishing a new water education center, and developing new indoor and outdoor exhibits about
water conservation, reclaimed water, Puget Sound cleanup, and climate change.
Environment
Imagine . . .
Under the guidance of the Department of Ecology, the partners are ensuring the comprehensive environmental cleanup
of the district. Each partner is responsible for the cleanup of their project areas. Several of the new buildings are
designed to be LEED certified, creating a rare cluster of environmentally-sustainable buildings.
a vibrant and inviting
Economic Renewal
drawing people to
Working together, the partners are making a major investment in projects that will help revitalize the eastern area of
downtown Olympia and stimulate economic development in the community. They are creating a dynamic core of
economic activity with opportunities for learning, shopping, dining, working, and recreating.
the waterfront, new
East Bay area,
learning opportunities,
public services, and
nearby downtown
businesses. The Port of
The
Olympia, the Hands
Partners in East Bay Renewal
On Children’s Museum,
the LOTT Clean Water
Alliance, and the City of
Olympia are working
For more information about these projects...
together to create this
dynamic center of activity,
connecting the East
Lisa Dennis-Perez, Public Communications Manager
(360) 528-5719 / [email protected]
Rick Dougherty, Project Manager
(360) 753-8485 / [email protected]
Bay district to downtown
Olympia and the
surrounding communities.
Patty Belmonte, Executive Director
(360) 956-0818 / [email protected]
Kathleen White, Communications Manager
(360) 528-8012 / [email protected]
July 2011
What’s In the Works?
• Public Plaza – A vibrant, central Public Plaza and gathering space
• Hands On Children’s Museum – A new, larger Hands On
Children’s Museum
• Water Education Center and Business Offices – A new Regional
Services Center, housing the WET Science Center, laboratory, and
offices for LOTT
• Future shops, restaurants, offices, and possibly a hotel and
urban housing on redeveloped Port property
• City Hall – A new City Hall with convenient public services,
adjacent to the East Bay district
LOTT Alliance
Hands On Children’s Museum
Regional Services Center
New Museum on East Bay
The LOTT Alliance built a new Regional Services
Center at its Budd Inlet Treatment Plant site
near East Bay. The Center, which houses the
WET Science Center, water quality laboratory,
and business offices, was completed in
summer 2010.
Unique Learning Experiences
The WET Science Center provides unique
learning experiences for all ages, with
interactive activities and displays, classroom
space, and an outdoor water feature
showcasing LOTT’s Class A Reclaimed Water.
Free and open to the public, the WET Center
addresses the importance of clean water,
science and technology of wastewater treatment,
health of Budd Inlet, and ways to protect and conserve
precious water.
Sustainable Building Practices
The Regional Services Center is certified LEED Platinum for sustainable
design. It includes a larger Board Room to improve access for a
variety of public meetings, expansion of LOTT’s water quality
laboratory, and sustainable building features such as on-site power generation, recycled wood from the
deconstructed Port warehouse, and use of natural lighting. The construction cost was $13.5 million.
Port of Olympia
District Revitalization
As owner of the 13.3-acre East Bay property, the Port of Olympia first engaged the community to help define a
vision for the area in 2003. Since then, the Port has been working with its community partners to make that
vision a reality.
Waterfront Revitalization
The vision for the East Bay district is a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly community with attractive public and
commercial buildings, shops, restaurants, and possibly a hotel and urban housing. While the current
market has meant a slow-down in building and development, the Port of Olympia is moving
forward to make East Bay even more attractive for the coming market upswing.
Environmental Cleanup
Formerly a “brown” industrial area, the first step in redevelopment was a comprehensive
environmental cleanup. The Port has led an unprecedented partnership of public
entities in this cleanup effort, under the oversight of the Washington State Department of Ecology. The Port is also working on the final cleanup of the remaining
parcels so they will be ready for development when the market improves.
Community Investment
The Port is investing more than $10 million in district infrastructure including roads,
underground utilities, and environmental cleanup to jump-start further public and
private investment in the East Bay area. Infrastructure construction, including new
roads that connect downtown Olympia to the East Bay district, was completed in
spring 2010.
The award-winning Hands On Children’s Museum serves more than 162,000 children and their
families each year, and has outgrown its space three times in little more than a decade. Designed
to be a nationwide leader in sustainable construction, operations, and exhibits, the Children’s
Museum will open in fall 2012, and will be LEED certified.
Major Education Attraction
The new, regional facility will grow to 28,000 square feet of indoor space, with
easy on-site parking. Eight new galleries include a Tides to Trees Climber
that allows children to climb 2½ floors into an eagle’s nest. A whimsical
water table will allow children to toss balls into a 15 foot vortex and touch
a mist bell. The facility includes an Early Learning Center, beautiful art studio,
cafe, and a museum store.
Room for Outdoor Discovery
The new Outdoor Discovery Center – the first of its kind in the state – will inspire a love of
nature with a half-acre of hands-on learning experiences. Families can explore a hike and trike loop, driftwood
fort construction, giant sand and gravel dig, outdoor art, children’s garden, naturalist cabin, and more!
Innovative Public/Private Partnership
This $18 million project is funded by individual contributions, corporate, foundation and government grants,
business sponsorships, Public Facilities District funds, and City of Olympia Tourism funds.
City of Olympia
New City Hall
The City of Olympia’s new City Hall on 4th Avenue is just two blocks
south of the East Bay district. The building, designed for LEED Gold
certification, was officially opened to the public on March 26, 2011.
Improved Access to Public Services
Olympia’s new City Hall provides convenient, one-stop access to services
that were previously located in several different buildings, including the Police
Department, City and Public Works administration, and Community Planning and Development.
All Four Partners
Public Plaza
At the heart of the East Bay district lies a new Public Plaza. LOTT owns and maintains the plaza, but all four partners
contributed to its design and development. The plaza opens to the public in August 2012.
New Public Amenities
The plaza includes seating areas, public art, walking paths, educational elements, and a public
restroom. A reclaimed water feature provides the focal point in the plaza, inviting visitors to
interact with this urban “stream” and learn more about our local water resources.
Dynamic, Open, Inviting Public Spaces
The plaza serves as a public meeting space, drawing the public toward the East Bay
waterfront for everyday visits and special events, such as the Hands On Children’s
Museum annual Sand in the City event. The plaza improves public access to the
waterfront and complements existing open spaces such as Percival Landing, Port
Plaza, and North Point.
Meeting Community Goals
In combination, the community benefits provided by this partnership are much greater than the sum of the individual
projects. Together, the projects help fulfill three key community goals.
Education
EnergizingEast Bay
and beyond
The East Bay district provides learning opportunities for all ages. The Hands On Children’s Museum, LOTT’s WET Science
Center, and the East Bay Public Plaza feature indoor and outdoor exhibits about water conservation, reclaimed water,
the health of Puget Sound, and climate change.
Environment
Under the guidance of the Department of Ecology, the partners are ensuring the comprehensive environmental cleanup
of the district. Several of the new buildings are designed to be LEED certified, creating a rare cluster of environmentallysustainable buildings.
Imagine . . .
a vibrant and inviting
East Bay area,
Economic Renewal
drawing people to
Working together, the partners are making a major investment in projects that will help revitalize the eastern area of
downtown Olympia and stimulate economic development in the community. They are creating a dynamic core of
economic activity with opportunities for learning, shopping, dining, working, and recreating.
the waterfront, new
learning opportunities,
public services, and
nearby downtown
businesses. The Port of
The
Olympia, the Hands
Partners in East Bay Renewal
On Children’s Museum,
the LOTT Clean Water
Alliance, and the City of
Olympia are working
For more information about these projects...
together to create this
dynamic center of activity,
connecting the East
Lisa Dennis-Perez, Public Communications Manager
(360) 528-5719 / [email protected]
Rick Dougherty, Project Manager
(360) 753-8485 / [email protected]
Bay district to downtown
Olympia and the
surrounding communities.
Patty Belmonte, Executive Director
(360) 956-0818 / [email protected]
Kathleen White, Communications Manager
(360) 528-8012 / [email protected]
July 2012
What’s New?
• Public Plaza – A vibrant, central public plaza and gathering space
• Hands On Children’s Museum – A new, larger Hands On
Children’s Museum
• Water Education Center and Business Offices – A new Regional
Services Center, housing the WET Science Center, laboratory, and
offices for LOTT
• Future shops, restaurants, offices, and possibly a hotel and
urban housing on redeveloped Port property
• City Hall – A new City Hall with convenient public services,
adjacent to the East Bay district
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