East Bay Public Plaza

Address: 
Olympia, WA
United States
Project Size: 
1.6 acres
Project type: 
Open space - Park
Site Context: 
Urban
Former Land Use: 
Brownfield
Terrestrial Biome: 
Temperate Conifer Forests
Budget: 
$3,375,000
Project overview: 

The LOTT Clean Water Alliance has been actively producing, distributing, and using class A reclaimed water since 2005. LOTT’s reclaimed water public education program has been enhanced significantly over the past three years with a series of water features in the downtown Olympia, Washington area. The East Bay Public Plaza is a truly unique new public space and represents a small slice of the Puget Sound region in the heart of Olympia. With its educational elements and sustainable features, it serves as the soul of the East Bay District, which has been experiencing significant redevelopment from a polluted industrial brownfield into a vibrant re-energized attraction area. LOTT built this plaza next door to its central Budd Inlet Treatment Plant/WET Science Center specifically for educational purposes – primarily to showcase reclaimed water in a positive and uniquely participatory way. The plaza features a water theme, celebrated through a flowing reclaimed water stream, a reclaimed water wetland pond, artwork, and interpretive elements.

photo by: Eric J. Williams

Project Team
  • LOTT Clean Water Alliance – Client: Eric Hielema, PE, Senior Wastewater Engineer; Karla Fowler, Community Relations and Environmental Policy Director; Lisa Dennis-Perez, Public Communications Manager; Clint McDaniels, Engineering Technician and Construction Manager
  • Robert W. Droll, Landscape Architect, PS: Robert W. Droll, Landscape Architect and President; Eric J. Williams, Landscape Architect and Project Manager; Kelly Carson, LEED AP BD+C, Landscape Designer