Northwest NEWS

May 3, 1999

Front Page

Woodinville chooses architect for new city hall

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--At their April 26 meeting, the City Council directed City Manager Pete Rose to negotiate a contract with Lewis Architects for the initial three-month planning phase for constructing the new Woodinville City Hall.

   "We are only selecting Lewis at this time for planning, to see how well they work with the city staff," said City Manager Pete Rose. "This selection does not obligate the City Council to keep them for design and construction."

   If the planning phase is successful, the city will sign a new contract with Lewis for a six-month design stage and a twelve-month construction stage. Groundbreaking is slated for spring of 2000, with a Jan. 1, 2001 occupancy target.

   "Lewis has committed to a schedule that will only include one winter season of construction," said Rose.

   Rose and his staff, working with project management firm The RISE Group, selected Lewis on the basis of their experience in designing local city halls. In recent years, Lewis has designed city halls for Edmonds, Lacey, Leavenworth, Lynnwood, and Marysville. They were also a sub-consultant in the Wilmot Gateway Park structures.

   "Of the five very good firms we interviewed, Lewis' past work best fits Woodinville's needs," said RISE Vice-President Barry Quinn, whose firm assisted Rose in the selection process. "They are a small, active firm that impressed us by how well they work together."

   "Lewis has committed to making this Woodinville project their number one priority," said Bob Hathaway, assigned by RISE as the City Hall Project Manager. "They will interview city staff members to determine all their space-use needs. We will hold at least three informal workshops with city departments and the City Council to define every minute aspect of factors such as building position and accesses. We are planning the building's use-needs for a 50-year lifetime."

   City Council member Randy Ransom asked that the space planning emphasize community growth projections, including whether Woodinville will be converting to more in-house government services or will continue the present contracting services, such as police and court contracts with King County. "Let's paint this with a broad brush," said Ransom.

   Ransom asked Quinn if the planning team would use "green building" concepts, including recycled materials and natural vents. Quinn said all five architect firms had included those concepts. Deputy Mayor Scott Hageman asked for the inclusion of meeting spaces for community groups and suggested public hearings for user group input.

   Councilmember Barbara Solberg said the City Council needs to be advised and be able to give input during every phase of the project, since they represent the entire community.

   "We want to keep in mind that this will be hard work, but fun work, and that the City Council's decisions will impact Woodinville for a long time," summarized Mayor Don Brocha.