Reinvigorating the Campus Core

Building 23

South Puget Sound Community College

The Anthropology, CAD, and Geomatics/Surveying Building (Building 23) is at the heart of a reinvigorated campus core. Building 23 defines the campus’ western edge for the first time, introduces a western gateway and frames a new central green space as a hub for student activity, improving cross-campus relationships and circulation.


27,500 sf


Olympia, WA

Year Complete


The two-story, 27,470 GSF building functions as two program volumes joined by a glass enclosed space that creates a welcoming entry and area for public circulation. Wood, glass, brick and steel at this modest scale respect neighboring buildings with a modern feel that welcomes new generations of students. The expanse of glass at the center provides a transparent link to the outdoors and a distinctly Pacific Northwest experience, putting natural woods, green lawns and towering old-growth trees in view.

Building 23’s Anthropology department partners with the local Squaxin Island tribe to lead archeological explorations of nearby sites. Students in the surveying and CAD programs also participate by mapping these important cultural sites.

This project marked the completion of Phase 2 of a four-phase campus center redevelopment plan. Also designed by SRG, the plan advanced the concept that learning occurs everywhere and envisions serving students, faculty, administrators and visitors in a common educational experience designed to promote lifelong academic and professional success.