County-City Building east plaza entry ribbon-cutting Feb. 27

You are invited to join Executive Pat McCarthy and other county officials on Fri., Feb. 27 at 10 a.m., as they mark the completion of the renovated East Entry Plaza to the County-City Building.

The $875,000 project is designed to create a barrier-free, accessible entrance to the building, including upgrading the crosswalk across Tacoma Avenue with better signals and a wider path. Features include a covered canopy, improved lighting, a decorative water feature, landscaping and a smoking shelter.

The project was managed by Fred Hogan, Deborah Anderson and Kerstin Martell of the Department of Facilities Management. Design work started in 2005. The project was designed by Barnett Schorr Architects of Seattle and Vlahovich Design Associates of Tacoma, and the general contractor was Beisley, Inc. of Belfair.

The stainless steel art, called “Squiggles,” was designed by project architect Bud Schorr, who says it is intended to invoke the image of a school of fish as the fins break the water.