County subcommittee discusses costs, facility needs for courthouse renovations

By The Nisqually Valley News Staff


A Thurston County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) subcommittee discussed facility needs, hybrid options and other related costs regarding its current project plan to renovate the Thurston County Courthouse campus, Friday, July 5.

Despite several upgrades to the current courthouse facility over the years, significant mechanical and operational needs must be addressed for the courthouse to continue operating, according to a BoCC press release. Significant architectural needs include roof replacement and outdated and poor performing HVAC systems, along with outdated technology. 

The three-person subcommittee also heard potential hybrid options to consider for the courthouse project, including new construction, lease to own or establishing a public private partnership. The group was informed of potential costs associated with a new construction project. The cost projects only include the design and construction, assuming the construction occurs during 2028.

The subcommittee then went into executive session to consider the selection of a site or the acquisition of real estate by lease or purchase. The subcommittee directed staff to conduct additional research with the county’s commercial broker.

The next scheduled meeting is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Atrium, 3000 Pacific Ave., Olympia. All meetings, which will occur weekly for the next two weeks, are open to the public and will be recorded by Zoom.