Olympia, WA

Nisqually Indian Tribe (Sub to KMB Architects)

March 2017 - September 2021

SCJ provided civil engineering and landscape architecture for this state-of-the-art center that provides comprehensive health and wellness services to the Nisqually Indian Tribe and the surrounding community. The new facility replaced the older, undersized medical and dental clinic that did not provide the services necessary to respond to the diverse and serious health needs of the community.

The project includes space for ambulatory outpatient health care services, elder health services, specialty clinics, traditional health and healing services, pharmacy services, community health outreach, and substance abuse and mental health services. The nearly 50,000-square-foot facility integrates Nisqually Tribal Cultural elements in both the interior and exterior environments.

Landscape architectural design included a dry creek bed with boulders and natural wood elements, a ceremonial spiral sunken fire pit, and community vegetable gardens. Interior landscaping was also provided to utilize the principles of Biophilic Design-connecting nature with manmade spaces to enhance healing.


“It was exciting to do a project that emphasized so much of the cultural aspects of our tribal client. The integration of Biophilic design principles to create a healing environment was also rewarding.”

Jeff Glander, PLA, ASLA
Principal In Charge