Anchor QEA – Percival Landing


Title: Percival Landing: A Convergence of History, Culture, and the Environment

Project: Percival Landing Major Rehabilitation Project

Firm: Anchor QEA, Seattle

Summary: Percival Landing is a public waterfront park in the heart of downtown Olympia, the state’s capitol. The crown jewel of a larger, connected, publicly accessible waterfront vision, Percival Landing is an important part of Olympia’s history, culture, and environment.

The project was initiated due to safety and environmental concerns with the failing pile-supported, creosote-treated boardwalk. Further deficiencies of the site included poor physical and visual connections between downtown streets, the site and the waterfront; usability was impacted by a lack of sheltered areas and places to sit. To address these issues, a series of open air pavilions were placed at street ends to frame and orient views of Puget Sound. Olympia Avenue was converted into a pedestrian entry, and multiple landscape rooms with comfortable and diverse seating were created.

The materials palette emphasizes simple durable materials, which evoke a working waterfront. Lighting and site furnishings are used as accents with materials matching the overall themes. The design emphasizes ecological restoration along the shoreline and water filtration in the relocated parking lot rain gardens. The sustainability components of the project resulted in LEED Gold Certification.