Brewery visions

By Brett Cihon on December 16, 2010


Olympia will soon be accepting proposals on how to move forward on a revamp of the former Olympia Brewery property. But don't bust out that yellow notepad and drawing pencil just yet.

The Thurston Regional Planning Council has released a Request for Qualifications document on their website. What's a Request for Qualifications document, you ask? An RFQ alerts experienced architecture, city planning and engineering firms to the presence of a potential project. Firms interested in the project submit their qualifications (e.g. similar projects completed, past experience, proposed teams).

In the case of the Olympia Brewery property, the firm chosen would complete a community vision project: a plausible, comprehensive, desired idea for what should be done with the property.  Should Olympia turn the old brewery into a sports center? An ice rink? A functioning brewery? Who knows, but the firm chosen from this RFQ might play an instrumental part in the decision process.        

Qualifications must be submitted by Dec. 30 consideration. Or, if you're a just some dude with a pencil and paper, you may want to wait for subsequent council meetings.