Olympia Armory Building: Creative Campus

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Building community through arts and culture

Share your insights and ideas and help shape the growing vision for repurposing the Olympia Armory for use as a Creative Campus.

For three decades community members have advocated for a dedicated arts space in Olympia to support the arts as integral to Olympia’s way of life; encourage community growth through creativity and innovation; use the arts to connect people, ideas, and place; and operate from an equity framework.

In response to this call to action the Parks, Arts and Recreation seeks to leverage the 50,000 sq. ft. Armory facility toward this important work.

Shape the growing vision!

Community input has shaped the working vision and will continue to guide the project into the future.

Fall 2021 is a time to share your ideas and hopes. Take a survey or attend an open house.

  • Take a survey: Take this online survey now through October 31
  • Attend an open house: Visit the Armory on October 2, 2021 from noon to 6 p.m. for a community open house where you can walk through the space and share your ideas.
  • Attend the Armory lighting: At dusk following the October 2 community open house show your support by visiting the Armory Lighting event where the building will be illuminated for the evening in a spectrum of colors.

Working concept

The 41,160 square foot Armory building and adjacent 9,700 square foot outbuilding offer key spaces adaptable to a range of uses, including a 10,000 sf multi-use space, commercial kitchen, industrial loading dock and storage, and ample offices readily convertible to classrooms.

The buildings could house community events space, rehearsal rooms, maker’s and tech labs, exhibit space, studios, admin offices, a restaurant or café, an organization incubator, a component of affordable housing, a larger resident organization, even a City department. There is physical capacity and flexibility to shape the program to the community’s needs.

More detailed information can be found in the documents section to the right.

Building community through arts and culture

Share your insights and ideas and help shape the growing vision for repurposing the Olympia Armory for use as a Creative Campus.

For three decades community members have advocated for a dedicated arts space in Olympia to support the arts as integral to Olympia’s way of life; encourage community growth through creativity and innovation; use the arts to connect people, ideas, and place; and operate from an equity framework.

In response to this call to action the Parks, Arts and Recreation seeks to leverage the 50,000 sq. ft. Armory facility toward this important work.

Shape the growing vision!

Community input has shaped the working vision and will continue to guide the project into the future.

Fall 2021 is a time to share your ideas and hopes. Take a survey or attend an open house.

  • Take a survey: Take this online survey now through October 31
  • Attend an open house: Visit the Armory on October 2, 2021 from noon to 6 p.m. for a community open house where you can walk through the space and share your ideas.
  • Attend the Armory lighting: At dusk following the October 2 community open house show your support by visiting the Armory Lighting event where the building will be illuminated for the evening in a spectrum of colors.

Working concept

The 41,160 square foot Armory building and adjacent 9,700 square foot outbuilding offer key spaces adaptable to a range of uses, including a 10,000 sf multi-use space, commercial kitchen, industrial loading dock and storage, and ample offices readily convertible to classrooms.

The buildings could house community events space, rehearsal rooms, maker’s and tech labs, exhibit space, studios, admin offices, a restaurant or café, an organization incubator, a component of affordable housing, a larger resident organization, even a City department. There is physical capacity and flexibility to shape the program to the community’s needs.

More detailed information can be found in the documents section to the right.

Page last updated: 28 September 2021, 14:19