Located in downtown Olympia, the LOTT Clean Water Alliance Regional Service Center received the “highest level of certification for sustainable design from the U.S. Green Building Council” and is one of the completed buildings in the city’s East Bay Renewal initiative to draw people to the waterfront. The LOTT Center anchors the regional waste water treatment plant that includes a “Class A Reclaimed Water sand filter system.” The treatment plant treats water for over 85,000 residents living in the cities of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County (LOTT). The sustainable Regional Service Center has become an important part of downtown Olympia and houses a well-visited Water Education Center for the public, a 7,700 ft2 laboratory, and offices for LOTT.
Part of Downtown Olympia Revitalization Efforts
The $13.5 million and 32,500 ft2 LOTT Clean Water building is one of five projects in downtown Olympia that are part of the city’s East Bay Renewal project. The East Bay Redevelopment project is a public-private partnership between the City of Olympia, Port of Olympia, Hands On Children’s Museum and LOTT Alliance. The projects initiated by these partners are focused on three key community goals: education, environment, and economic renewal.
Completed in the summer of 2010, the Lott Alliance Regional Service Center is a LEED Platinum certified building that was designed by architectural firm Miller Hull Partnership, based in Seattle. The building made the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Top 10 Green Designs list in 2011. In addition to incorporating a green roof, recycled materials and passive lighting into the design of the building, Miller Hull Partnership also designed the building to use captured methane gas from the wastewater treatment process to produce both heat and electricity. Reclaimed water produced by the plant is also used for outdoor water features and toilet flushing. Along with receiving LEED Platinum certification, the LOTT Center received a 2010 Outstanding Achievement in Infrastructure award and Energy Efficiency Leader Award.
Public Water Resources and Conservation Education
The LOTT Center is more than a LEED Platinum and award-winning building. A central part of the East Bay Renewal initiative and the LOTT Center is public education and outreach. The Center’s 3,500 ft2 Water Education Technology (WET) Science Center provides engaging and hands-on opportunities for more than 200 visitors of all ages to learn about water resources and conservation.
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