The LOTT Clean Water Alliance is a sewer utility serving 3 cities and one county in Western Washington. The new Regional Services Center serves as the centerpiece of LOTT’s efforts to explain, demonstrate and promote the benefits of providing environmentally responsible wastewater and reclaimed water services. The project included a new, 24,000-sf Regional Services Center and renovation of the 7,700 sf Water Quality Lab. The center includes the 3,500-sf "WET Center" (Water Educational and Technology Center), an exhibit gallery, and classroom. .
The project site includes a public plaza and a demonstration water feature showcasing the sewer utility’s commitment to sustainability through the use of reclaimed class A water from the treatment plant. The reclaimed water is treated to drinking water standards and re-circulates through a demonstration pond, lily pond and a naturalistic water course. Two boardwalks over the water course guide the visitor into the building providing various viewing angles of the water source and aquatic plantings.
In addition to reclaimed water incorporated throughout the project site, the building’s interior also features reclaimed wood to connect the project to its historical roots. When LOTT discovered adjacent warehouses were slated for demolition during the design phase, it hired a local company to collect, mill, and store the heavy timber wood members for future use in the project. The reclaimed wood was then incorporated into the design as prominent ceiling and wall finishes. In the offices, the reclaimed wood walls are significant design elements that subdivide the space and also contain casework and the mechanical heat pump units.