Puyallup City Hall

Puyallup Town Hall
Old City Hall, Before Being Damaged by an Earthquake

The Puyallup City Hall was dedicated on August 8, 2008. The building sits approximately on the same site as the old Redmen's Opera House (JPG), which was used as a City Hall until 1949 (JPG) when an earthquake damaged it so badly the building was condemned and torn down. In 1952 the city hall was located in a building at W Pioneer and 3rd (JPG) until it was vacated in 2005 to build the new Puyallup Activity Center.

The first building in Puyallup's renaissance was the construction of the Puyallup Public Library which opened in 2002. Another two new buildings quickly followed, with the opening of Pioneer Park Pavilion (JPG) in 2004 and the Puyallup Activity Center (JPG) in 2006.

Tracking LEED Gold

Puyallup City Hall is a model for sustainable design and planning-renewing the city's urban core and setting a precedent for future development. A series of integrated strategies in the new building have placed environmental stewardship at the heart of Puyallup's transformation into a vibrant modern city.

Mithun's team of architects, landscape architects, and urban planners championed civic programs, pedestrian connectivity, and ecological functions as a single unified concept. Reaching across South Meridian from City Hall, a new civic plaza, courtyard, and open spaces embrace historic Pioneer Park, long considered Puyallup's town square.

Ecologically Efficient

Water conservation takes center stage, as the Puyallup River watershed-an amenity vital to Puyallup's culture and livelihood-is threatened by population growth and current development practices. A demonstration green roof has 3 different levels of efficiency to show the benefit of rainwater management: standard roof, 2-inch roof, and 4-inch roof. Rainwater run-off from each area flows into individual vertical cisterns exhibited on the building's façade. A sensor-controlled LED-light system displays the quantity of water in each cistern, which is then released in a visual and auditory cascade to a cistern below the plaza, providing a non-potable source for irrigation.

Puyallup City Hall is 20% more efficient than required by the Washington code. The building's top sustainable features purposely engage and educate the public about their role in shaping Puyallup's smart growth future:

  • Comprehensive rainwater system
  • Demonstration green roof with vertical cistern display
  • Excellent indoor environmental quality
  • Natural daylight with monitoring and controls
  • Natural ventilation with operable windows
  • Public open space expansion
  • Sun shading
  • Transit-oriented, urban infill development
  • Underfloor aid delivery
  • Urban tree canopy renewal

Design Features

All the city hall systems-ventilation, heat, and wiring are laid under accessible floors.