Environmental Services completed construction of the Columbia Building in fall 2013. Wastewater engineering and construction staff moved into the new space in January 2014. The staff provides project management, engineering design services, and construction management for wastewater treatment and collection system projects.
The Columbia Building integrates with the plant campus, creates a more welcoming public entrance, demonstrates sustainable practices, and fulfills the need for more site security.
Columbia Building construction was part of a larger treatment plant improvement project.
- The building was designed and constructed to qualify as a LEED Gold Certified structure. Environmental Services will apply for LEED certification.
- Site redevelopment included a new plant entrance, pond restoration, parking lot upgrade, and landscaping impacting more than three acres.
- Meeting spaces in the new building will be available for rental to the public.
- The building’s green roof and other stormwater facilities manage stormwater runoff on-site.
- The landscaping uses plants native to the Columbia Slough watershed.
- Reconfigured parking areas have stormwater management facilities and electric charging stations.