Washington State Department of Transportation North Central Region Administration Facility

Open-office concept paves the way for efficient design.

Replacing and consolidating several facilities in the region, this new two-story building houses a range of functions and staff, including administration, human resources, designers, construction administration, survey crews and transportation engineers.  Amenities include executive and management private offices; open-office areas; staff support space; conference rooms; breakrooms; project engineering offices with locker storage and showers; and mechanical, electrical and communication rooms.

Careful consideration was given to how various work groups interact on a daily basis in the completion of their tasks.  The resultant open-office floorplan, which integrates a mobile-office concept, facilitates accessibility among related groups in a comfortable environment.

The design incorporates materials used by the agency in the construction of its transportation projects with concrete and metal panels featured as dominate materials on the exterior.  Using the steel structure as a design element, the interior highlights exposed steel and concrete.  Cloud-like ceiling grids allow views of the design’s intricacies and promote an understanding of how the building’s systems and components work.

On track to achieve LEED Silver certification, the administration facility is one of the first design-build projects undertaken by the state.

BWA also supplied interior design services for this project.


  • Client: Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Location: Wenatchee, Washington
  • Size: 30,000 square feet
  • Completed:  2018

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