University of Puget Sound Welcome Center


The Welcome Center serves as a gateway and important first impression for guests, prospective students and their families. The building provides open, inviting spaces for presentations and community gatherings, smaller rooms for interviews, and space for the Admissions Office.

The building’s exterior complements the masonry and steel aesthetic seen across campus, but its structural system was designed to create focus and add warmth. The design team chose a wood frame system for most of the building, with heavy timber and steel framing in a few strategic areas. PCS engineered a beautiful floating wood and glass stair leading from the gallery to the upper-level conference space. The Welcome Center is structurally framed to evoke a house, expanding the interior space to meet the needs of an institution and welcome the community.
Photo credit: Bob Weyrick