Sign up for weekly news updates .

Olympic Moving and Storage Upgrades to New Facility and Location

Olympic Moving and Storage Upgrades to New Facility and Location

New location provides visible and busy location near Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Olympic Moving and Storage is the first business to open in Lakewood’s new Woodbrook Business and Industrial Park. With a 45,000 square-foot warehouse facility, Olympic’s new location accommodates the company’s growth, business needs and allows the company to better serve its customer base.

Adjacent to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and near I-5, the Woodbrook Business and Industrial Park location provides Olympic with close proximity to its most important business segment as a military contractor. “Our new location allows us to be nearer to the military community,” said Jill Ihly, vice president of Olympic Moving and Storage. “We are proud to serve military members by helping to facilitate their moving and storage needs and coordinating on their behalf if deployed.”

The Woodbrook Business and Industrial Park borders JBLM to the south, Woodbrook Drive on its east boundary, Woodbrook Middle School on its western perimeter and a residential area and JBLM on its north edge.

Ihly is the third generation in her family to work in the moving industry, following her grandparents and parents into the family business. The business opened in 1994 out of the family’s Olympia home, and Olympic Moving and Storage has since grown to four locations in Olympia, Federal Way, Bremerton and Lakewood with additional plans for expansion.

“It is exciting that Olympic Moving and Storage is the first business to open in the Woodbrook Business and Industrial Park,” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “Over 150 acres of land are zoned as Industrial Business Park (IBP) and the parcels are ready for redevelopment. Olympic is pioneering the way for expected growth in the area.”

Pierce College Shares Science Dome for Tours and Community Access

The Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Science Dome is revolutionizing science and astronomy education on the campus while also providing a learning opportunity for the community with science films offered for $6 for adults and $3 tickets for children ages three to 18-years-old.

The Science Dome is a 55-seat visualization theatre with a 38 foot dome-shaped screen. It provides an immersive and interactive experience to users as a planetarium for showing science films. Since January, approximately 250 Pierce College students have used the Science Dome during class – some more than once. Beyond the college students, 600 preschool to grade 12 students have utilized the dome along with 1,300 visitors from the public.

“Pierce College welcomes visitors to the Science Dome shows. Next year we will expand the opportunity for K-12 learning experiences in the Dome,” said the President of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Denise Yochum. “We are committed to developing interests in science, math and technology and to prepare students for further education and high wage, high demand careers.”

The Science Dome serves multiple curriculum purposes. In addition to students studying the sciences, design students have utilized the space to create a 180-degree movie and drama students have produced a theatrical performance in the space.

“The Pierce College Science Dome is a one of a kind community asset,” said Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “It offers a unique destination and learning opportunity for area residents and regional tourism.”

This summer, the Science Dome is offering six shows and will be playing the movies on Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 3:15 p.m. Beginning on June 26, there will be shows on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Adults are $6, children three to 18 are $3 and Pierce College students are $3. To learn more, visit: .

City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/14/2013

June 14, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Announcements:
    • Public invited to City Manager Candidate Reception on June 17: The City will host a reception for Lakewood city manager candidates Monday, June 17 from 6-8pm at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College. The City encourages the public to attend and meet the candidates. A summary of the applicants and their qualifications can be found here: /events/details/165-meet-and-greet-city-manager-candidates .
    • Assistant City Manager Halladay Departing for Pierce College: Today (June 14) was the last day of service for Assistant City Manager Choi Halladay. He has overseen the City’s Finance and Administration operations since May 2007. Mr. Halladay will serve as the next vice president for administrative services at Pierce College effective Monday, June 17.
    • Donations for Single Soldiers Returning from Afghanistan: The City of Lakewood continues to support efforts to provide toiletries and snack foods for 4-2 Stryker Brigade single soldiers returning from Afghanistan. Donations can be dropped off at the third floor of City Hall or the LPD lobby through the end of June. For more information and a list of suggested items, please visit: /news/front-page/1391-lakewood-accepting-donations-for-returning-single-soldiers .
  • Other items of interest:
    • Lakewood Senior Center hosts Open House: The Lakewood Senior Activity Center hosted its 7th Annual Open House on Friday, June 6th. There were 40 vendors and over 200 attendees walked the red carpet to see what programs the center has to offer and to learn about the many different community resources available for older adults. The event featured a James Bond theme. Volunteers, attendees and vendors dressed like characters from the Bond films. The “fun Singers” entertained the audience and volunteers served refreshments “shaken, not stirred”.
    • Economic Development Manager attends International Economic Development Council Conference: Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers-Grady attended the International Economic Development Council Conference on Redevelopment and Reuse this week. The conference featured best practices and new approaches to placemaking, redevelopment and reuse. Sessions included topics such as engaging the community with funding models in which government, foundations and the private sector partner on economic development and community development projects. Ms. Chambers-Grady also graded exams and participated in oral board panels in support of professional certification efforts.

Coffee with the Mayor - June 18 - Cancelled

Due to Council and staff obligations relating to the City Manager selection process, we are cancelling Coffee with the Mayor on June 18th.

Please consider attending the:

Community Meet and Greet

City Manager Candidates

June 17, 2013

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

McGavick Conference Center

4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW

Lakewood, WA  98499

If you have any questions, please contact Executive Assistant Deanne Wegmann at (253) 983-7702.


Lakewood Accepting Donations for Returning Single Soldiers

The City of Lakewood is supporting efforts to provide toiletries and snack foods for single soldiers re-deploying from Afghanistan. Lakewood’s adopted brigade from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, is now six months into a nine-month deployment. While the “Raider Brigade” will fully return to JBLM by August, a number of troops have already started to return.

While many of our returning soldiers will have families waiting for them, many are single. The City encourages the public to donate male and female toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorant) as well as non-perishable snack foods, water, sports drinks, and laundry detergent/dryer sheet combos. Family readiness groups from the brigade will place the donations in the barracks.

The public is welcome to deliver contributions to Lakewood City Hall (3rd floor counter) or the Lakewood Police Department at 9401 Lakewood Dr SW from now through the end of June. Alternatively, the public can donate online to the non-profit Dragoon Raiders Soldier and Family Fund for this purpose: .

For more information, call Jeff Brewster at (253) 983-7761.

Suggested Items

  • Shampoo
  • Shower Gel/Soap
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razors
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shower Scrubbies
  • Gum
  • Nuts/Sunflower Seeds
  • Chips
  • Candy
  • Cookies
  • Beef Jerky
  • Easy Mac (microwave)
  • Cup-o-Noodles
  • Andes Candies (for their pillows)
  • Pudding cups
  • Popcorn
  • Water/Gatorade
  • Laundry Detergent/Dryer Sheet combos (recommend Purex Complete 3-in-1 Laundry)