Construction Highlights

July 15st, 2016




Project Overview

The UW Tacoma Urban Solutions Center project is a renovation of the Tacoma Paper & Stationary Building - a 40,000 square foot, four-story historic building located between the existing UWT Science and Dougan buildings. Built in 1904, this historic building is the last remaining undeveloped warehouse building located along the newly redeveloped Prairie Line Trail. The ability of UWT to meet its mandate for higher education opportunity in the South Puget Sound Region is directly reliant on this proposal which will provide capacity for additional multi-classroom and academic support space needed to accommodate total projected enrollment of 6,400 FTE students within the next four to six years.

The primary goals for the project are to:

  • Maximize value, flexibility, and assignable space
  • Maximize infrastructure to allow for flexibility for future needs
  • Minimize non-essential changes to building architecture
  • Carry on the legacy of UWT's historic campus fabric

The building has a daylight basement plus three floors, each at approximately 100'X100', for a total of 40,000 GSF. The building has a post and beam wood frame structure with a pressed masonry facade. The east facade of the building adjoins the Prairie Line Trail. The building is currently vacant apart form its use for storage on floors 3, 4, and the basement, and by the Old Spaghetti Factory restaurant on the first floor.

The infrastructure improvements include:

  1. Replacing and improving existing mechanical and electrical systems
  2. Code-required upgrades to fire protection
  3. Seismic
  4. Life-safety, egress, and access

Two new egress stairs will be provided, and it is intended that the existing Dougan Building elevators will serve this project.

The interior build will include the following types of spaces: open active learning spaces on the ground and first floor, team spaces (4-6 people), seminar/conference rooms (12-15 people), bio-medial laboratories (24 people), general classrooms/studio spaces (24-48 people), and informal spaces for faculty to interact with students and students to gather for study. The focus of the ground floor is campus engagement and may include amenities such as project maker space and coffee bar. The focus of the first floor is urban community engagement with the campus and may include space for studio displays and community meetings.

Construction Schedule

Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Vehicle Access

Construction Contacts

Architect - Miller Hull Partnership

GCCM - Mortenson Construction