Pierce County has spent a lot of time thinking about how to consolidate departments in a new, administration building. The intent is good: It could create efficiencies, save money, and create better working spaces for employees and the public.
It is clear, however, that there has been very little thought given to a number of issues outside of that specific focus. The county is patching together solutions to issues being raised now, because its public involvement process has been so lousy.
A parking garage was added after the traffic study was completed, the price has doubled and appeared to exceed the original savings envisioned. County officials have made it clear they do not want public input into the building design. It appears the county has simply been grafting public outreach on at the end in reaction to concerns raised.
There are just two many unanswered questions. It is time to take a step back and consider some of the issues that go beyond just how the building will serve the employees within it.