Percival Landing is one of Olympia’s three waterfront parks and is located on the east side of Budd Bay on the southernmost tip of Puget Sound. The City of Olympia completed construction of phase 1 of the project, a new bathhouse and community rental space located on the 3.38 acres of park space, in August 2011.
Replacing an old boardwalk is a substantial opportunity for a city to create a great public space and significantly improve the environmental quality of a waterfront. In this case, the City of Olympia achieved both, opening to positive public reviews and demonstrating clear environmental benefit. The project included the removal of nearly 600 creosote piles thereby eliminating this source of contaminants from the waterway, a boardwalk design that reduced overwater cover and allow light penetration, which is desirable for fish survival; it will also provide pockets of habitat and a more fish‐friendly bottom substrate. The public structures and the boardwalk improvements integrated features like solar-paneled roofs replicating the curves of a net cast into Budd Inlet by Squaxin Island tribal members, who once fished for salmon here. The project also features the use of reclaimed water which will keep an impressive array of new vegetation and lawn at the park thriving.
O’Brien & Company was hired by the contractor to assist with the LEED aspects of construction. We began with a detailed review of the construction documentation to ensure that construction credits expected could successfully be earned. We provided sample plans for IAQ and construction waste management and worked closely with the contractor to provide technical assistance throughout construction. O’Brien & Company met with the contractor multiple times to review all submittals and provide detailed guidance on documentation, including photo selection to document SMACNA measures employed on the project. The firm then conducted a final review of all construction documentation, resulting in only two comments for clarification following review. Final LEED Gold certification was earned quickly and efficiently, and exceeded the original goal of LEED Silver.
Owner: City of Olympia
Design/Builder: Quigg Brothers (client)
O’Brien & Company’s role: Construction Phase LEED Project Management