Nisqually Indian Tribe Health and Wellness Center

Olympia, WA




Structural Engineering


The Nisqually Indian Tribe took a holistic approach when programming its $22 million health center.

The modern facility houses comprehensive medical services such as a contemporary medical clinic, an alternative medical clinic including traditional native healing practices, a dental clinic, and a behavioral health counseling clinic among other spaces. The building is comprised of 47,700 SF medical office space on two floors and 2,500 SF of future tenant space. The building’s design subtly instills healing and calmness among patients and staff using biophilic principles throughout the building. Natural light streams in through generous skylights along long interior corridors. Additionally, the deeply rooted “Healing Circle” indigenous practice and its guiding principles of spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional health are showcased through the building’s architecture and intentional programming. 

AHBL provided structural engineering services for the new Nisqually Tribe Health and Wellness Center in Nisqually, WA. Structural services included the creation of schematic design and design development, engineered construction drawings, reviewing and editing structural specifications in coordination with KMB architects. Structural design and detailing incorporated elements of expressed timber structure at waiting room lobby and Healing room consistent with Native themed construction.