Helix Design Group was the architect of record for the $15 million, 60,000 SF Civic Building shell and core project. The Civic Building at University Place, Washington, is the centerpiece of a new, 17-acre, $250 million "Town Center" development. The vision driving Town Center development is creation of a new urban center that will provide a revitalized public image that can invigorate commercial development and civic identity.
The Civic Building is a mixed use, atrium-style facility housing both commercial and public tenants. The atrium features a soaring, vaulted wood ceiling formed by massive, lamented, wood arches. A dramatic stone fireplace tower stands as the focus of the atrium lobby. A 20,000 SF Pierce County Public Library occupies the first floor, along with a 11,000 SF commercial tenant space that occupies the first and second floors flanking the open atrium. The University Place City Hall will occupy a portion of the second floor as well as the entire third floor of the building. In addition to work on the Civic Building and the Pierce County Library, Helix designed a future Police Station addition to the center as well as temporary Police facilities inside the Civic Building for use until the new Police Station is constructed.