South Puget Sound Community College and the Thurston County Economic Development Council wanted to create a permanent hub where students, local businesses and government agencies can flourish, and as a result the South Puget Sound Business Resource Center was created. In order to maximize their budget, the organizations chose to work with Korsmo Construction and KMB design groups to renovate an unused office building that was built in 1979. The project holds particular significance as the first construction contract performed by Washington State Department of Enterprise Services using the Design-Build delivery method.
Major improvements to the 52,000 square foot building include mechanical, electrical and HVAC upgrades to accommodate the technological needs of students and employees. A new exterior envelope and replacement of the original mansard roof updated the building’s exterior aesthetics and functionality. The building was remodeled using environmentally-conscious principles, with sustainable features such as increased natural lighting through the use of skylights, reuse of original concrete floors, native plant landscaping and energy efficient HVAC.
The newly-renovated facility houses SPSCC’s Center for Corporate and Continuing Education, a business resource library, state-of-the-art testing center, computer labs, three 100-seat classrooms that can be reconfigured into a 300-seat event center, eight conference rooms, offices and classrooms.