Authorities inaugurated the new Lakehaven Water and Sewer district headquarters site on November 3, which is slated to open in 2023.
The new layout includes a two-story corporate headquarters, vehicle storage building, 156 parking spaces, renovated warehouses and more. It will redevelop approximately 7.6 acres of the district’s land and is being built adjacent to the existing head office along 1st Avenue South in Federal Way.
“For Lakehaven, this is a very important and strategic site for us,” Lakehaven General Manager John Bowman said at the groundbreaking ceremony on November 3. above three underground aquifer systems that produce community drinking water wort from the site.
The original building was constructed in the early 1980s to consolidate operations, he said. About 10 years ago, the district began funding site improvements and plans to bring field operations staff back from the Lakota Wastewater Treatment Plant site along Dash Point Road, to about 3 miles away.
The new administrative headquarters lobby will feature one of the historic sundials of Old World Square on Federal Way along Pacific Highway South, built in 1956, through a partnership with the Federal Way Historical Society. The clock was demolished in January 1995.
Lakehaven has a $ 43 million contract with Lydig Construction for construction and site work, and an additional $ 6 million for design and permitting. In total, the district is setting aside $ 53 million to complete the facilities, Bowman said. Helix Design Group, which completed the designs in early 2021, and Parametrix are also working on the project.
“We are extremely excited to have reached this stage,” said Bowman.
The new 141.00 square foot building will house four departments, including customer service, field operations and water operations, among others, said Peter Sanchez, commissioner of Lakehaven.
Lakehaven Water and Sewer District serves approximately 35 square miles in the Federal Way area, serving a population of approximately 135,000 residents.