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king county civic campus master plan

King County owns and operates several facilities in downtown Seattle, most of which are on a civic campus centered on Fourth Avenue between James Street and Yesler Way. These include the King County Courthouse, King County Administration Building, King County Correctional Facility, Chinook Building, and Yesler Building. The county also owns King Street Center, located in Pioneer Square.

Over the decades, King County has made investments in these buildings to keep providing services to residents. However, many of them are underutilized, functionally obsolete, or are facing costly maintenance and repairs that may be financially unsustainable. Not only are some of these buildings at the end of their useful life, the area around the campus is often perceived as being unsafe.

New approaches to delivering health and human services, law enforcement, and criminal justice are also driving change at King County, and the COVID-19 pandemic has forced governments at all levels to rethink how they deliver services to the public.

The King County Council directed a comprehensive assessment of existing building conditions and future space needs for downtown functions through 2025. The Civic Campus Master Plan (CCMP) expands this effort, looking ahead to 2045 to identify opportunities to deploy county services, leverage the value of county real estate assets, improve personal safety and security, and better engage and complement surrounding neighborhoods.

The current civic campus is spread over eight acres of land. There are eight buildings and ten sites, with a total of 2.3 million square feet of space in existing buildings. Under current zoning, these properties could allow for a total of 4.3 million square feet of non-residential development capacity. If used for residential purposes, this could allow for more than 2,500 housing units.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Council retained Northwest Studio, a practice of architects and urban designers based in Seattle, to lead the development of a King County Civic Campus Master Plan. The plan will provide the public and county leaders with viable options for facilities, campus investments, and public space uses over the next 25 years.

We are working with King County to create a welcoming, equitable, and enduring place, inspiring civic life, and serving the region.

Seattle, Washington
Urban Design
2,750,000 - 4,300,000 gsf
King County

Facility Programmer: Clark Barnes
Economics/ Finance: ECONorthwest
Public Affairs: Cocker Fennessy
Community Outreach: StephersonIAssociates
Real Estate: Kinzer Partners
Environmental Design: Atelier Ten
Mobility: Nelson Nygaard
Landscape Architecture: CommunitaIAtelier
Cost Estimation: DCW

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