State Street Building Acquisition & Improvements

Project Background

After several years of leasing the building located at 1500 State Street Whatcom County Council determined it would be in the best interest of the citizens of Whatcom County to acquire the building. Whatcom County and the owner of the property entered into a purchase and sales agreement and on June 13, 2014 acquired the building. The purchase of the State Street building will enable Whatcom County to discontinue use of the Northwest Annex for office space and thereby avoid costly repairs the Annex requires, while also establishing county ownership of the county morgue and the county medical examiner's office. When complete, the State Street building will house all operations of Planning and Development Services, the development related staff from Public Works and it will continue to serve as the offices for the Medical Examiner and will continue to serve as the morgue.

Project Status

2nd Quarter 2015 Status

RMC Architects have started the first phase of this project. RMC Architects are compiling information on staff numbers, special requirements, and project goals, open vs. closed office environments, storage and entry sequences. This information will be complied and presented to each Department to validate the accuracy for the next Phase. It is important to gather accurate information and goals for this project to be successful.

3rd Quarter 2015 Status

RMC Architects are continuing the first phase of the project.

4th Quarter 2015 Status

The final editing was being worked on by RMC Architects to respond to Facilities review comments of the Departmental Planning Program and Cost Estimates. The final programming reports are anticipated to be submitted in the 1st Quarter of 2016.

1st Quarter 2016 Status                                                 Final programming reports have been submitted. Results are being evaluated for feasibility and possibly funding requirements.

State Street Annex

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