Tumwater, WA

Private Developers & City of Tumwater

2017 – present

A multi-disciplined team at SCJ embraced both challenges and opportunities for this unique project near the old Olympia Brewery property in Tumwater.

The desire to have the City of Tumwater again be known as a center of excellence for things like brewing, cidermaking, and distilling was a catalyst for creating this collaborative partnership.

With roughly 30,000 total square feet, the initial three-story building will be home to Heritage Distilling Company and South Puget Sound Community College’s new brewing and distilling program. In the future, other site amenities are expected to include a market building, a brewery, a cidery, offices, restaurants, and an amphitheater with capacity for 1,000 people.

SCJ is providing civil engineering and transportation design services for the entire site, including designing sewer and water systems, complex traffic and site reroutes, and a new intersection for Tumwater’s primary corridor. Being near the Deschutes River, a Habitat Protection Plan for the project was also created by SCJ, which outlines impacts to the river’s shoreline and steps to mitigate them.

The design for traffic flow took into consideration both current and potential future uses. Realignments, a new intersection and a new road are all part of the final design, which accommodates needs related to safety, business needs, visitor parking, pedestrians, and delivery trucks.

SCJ is also working with Puget Sound Energy to provide underground power, cable, and telephone along the project’s frontage. With an eye toward future use, SCJ worked with the City to bring almost 2,000 feet of new water main extension to the site.


“We want Tumwater to be known as a center of excellence for brewing, making cider and distilling in this area, whether that’s Thurston County, Puget Sound or on a much larger scale. That will create energy that brings investment back to the old brewery property and agriculture back to Thurston County.”

John Doan
Tumwater City Manager


“Effective working relationships among the key players have been fundamental to the project’s success. I’ve gotten to work with a team of extremely talented individuals, from city staff, to the developers to the architects. The result is going to be a cool new space with a distillery and brewery, other shops and potentially an outdoor amphitheater for entertainment. I think this will really spark more redevelopment in the surrounding area.”

Tyrell Bradley, PE
Project Manager