Planning for City Hall
In February 2005 the city held thirteen session involving over 250 citizens, business leaders and representatives from various community organizations. The purpose of the planning session, known as a charrette, was to develop a downtown redevelopment plan, with a new city hall as the centerpiece. Citizens said that four to five stories was okay in the downtown core. They wanted a stand alone city hall instead of a mixed use building. They also wanted to make sure there was a through block plaza that connected 2nd Street to Meridian and parking was also a priority.
As a result of the charrette, a master plan was developed for the city hall block. The city used the master plan to craft its request for proposal which was advertised in 2005. The city chose to use the GCCM contracting procedure and asked that development teams with significant urban mixed-use experience, experience working in public/private partnerships respond to the request for proposal. Puyallup was able to use GCCM after the legislature amended the alternative Public Works Contracting statute in the spring of 2005. Puyallup took advantage of GCCM to gain control of the design, quality control and to save money by working with the architect and builder throughout the process of building city hall.
Cost of construction of city hall building: $27 million
Total project costs including construction of a parking garage and surface parking; improvements to S. Meridian Street; Pioneer Park improvements; construction of a plaza and courtyard; and furnishings: Not to exceed $40 million
The groundbreaking ceremony took place on December 11, 2006.