Gig Harbor Civic Center

City of Gig Harbor

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project information

New Construction
32,000 SF

project overview

Incorporated in 1946, the town of Gig Harbor, Washington has seen its population double in the last few years and is expecting to grow to more than 20,000 citizens as urban growth areas are annexed into the city. As a result, the city engaged BLRB to design a municipal complex that would unite Gig Harbor’s administrative offices and services under one roof. The design of the civic center pays homage to the city’s maritime heritage and was heavily influenced by the boat and net sheds that historically abutted the harbor. The centerpiece of the project is the main two-story building that primarily houses City offices and council chambers. A one-story wing for the planning and public works departments and a one-story wing for the police department flank the central, two-story core of the building which also contains an open public lobby and acts as an overflow for city functions in the council chamber. The main corridor provides display space for community art exhibits.