East Capitol Campus Master Plan & Design
The East Capitol Campus plaza occupies the eastern half of the state’s
capitol grounds and was designed to complement the historical West Capitol Campus
grounds. The rooftop plaza, built over a 10-acre parking garage, provides open
space for the tenants of the adjacent state office buildings. It is surrounded
on three sides by government office buildings and is immediately adjacent to
the historic West Capitol Campus. Because the East Campus is one of the first
places visitors see as they enter Olympia from Interstate 5, it serves as the
visual gateway to the Capitol.
The first phase of this process included initial program planning, site
analysis, user interviews, public workshops, and a design charette, which
led to the identification of outstanding issues and the development of a
preferred design plan. The second and third phases included the rooftop
plaza development around the Department of Transportation Headquarters &
Office Building #2.