Civic Campus Plan

In July 2017, San Juan County solicited Requests for Qualifications from qualified consultants to develop a campus master plan on county owned property in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. The County wishes to consolidate a number of county departments and functions currently housed in a number of aged facilities into a single new facility that supports and facilitates county operations, provides for civic (community) use, and reflects the County’s sustainable energy ethic.  The County entered into a contract with consulting firm Miller/Hull Partnership LLP to work with the county to help develop a proposed, preferred building site and design for a new building. 


San Juan County’s functions are housed in a variety of facilities and sites that have developed sporadically over time.  Administration, Community Development, Health and Community Services, several Elected Official offices, and Public Works functions are located in several facilities in the Town of Friday Harbor. The current configuration does not support efficient operations or customer service. A new Civic Campus is being designed to bring these departments together to increase efficiencies, reduce operating costs, and provide better service to County residents. The new Campus will also provide new inside and outside spaces for community use.  Other functions such as the Prosecuting Attorney, District and Superior Courts and Sheriff’s Office will continue to be located in the Courthouse.

The current project is to develop a plan for the new Civic Campus. The plan will detail how County departments and functions are to be incorporated into a new single facility, and include community space to support public gathering and programming. The planning process will include producing two design concepts on two potential sites and then further developing one preferred alternative on the selected site.

We want to be transparent with the public during this planning process and ensure that the preferred alternative reflects an understanding of community priorities in addition to County staff priorities and departmental needs. To this end, an online survey form seeking input from the community about this project was available for 24 days in March. Thanks to the 272 people that completed the community survey which closed on March 23rd.  The responses will assist the county in the initial design concepts for a new Civic Campus.


FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT -  The County plans to open an additional short survey in the late summer of 2018 to gather feedback on the design concept.