Civic institution anchoring a new suburban town center
The City of Bothell’s adoption of a revitalization plan set the stage for a walkable downtown with greater density and economic diversity. Improvement of an entire block in the downtown core was identified to catalyze development, to include a new Civic Center with the remainder of the block planned for private development to generate income for the City.
Working with project partners, we developed a multi-phased master plan to maximize the site’s development and public engagement potential. The plan provided for mixed-use development comprised of civic and commercial office space, high-density residential housing and flexible retail spaces fronting a revitalized central boulevard, all served by a common below-grade parking structure.
The anchor City Hall structure is sized to serve City needs while enticing developers to invest in the adjacent property. It consolidates departments previously spread across the city in makeshift facilities and includes: Administration, Community Development, Public Works, Parks, Engineering and Fire Administration departments; along with a Community Meeting Hall and Town Hall/Council Chambers. The Town Hall and flexible public meeting rooms sit across from City Hall, forming an internal ‘street’ where a single-point-of-service counter provides an efficient public interface separated from daylit Class-A city staff office spaces. This configuration facilitates evening events in the public wing, securely separated from City Hall offices. Outside, a large civic plaza and smaller courtyards serve as the ‘front porch’ of City Hall supporting a range of public gatherings.