University of Washington Tacoma Campus


Phase 1

Located in Tacoma’s Union Station neighborhood, the original phase of construction for University Washington Tacoma involved the adaptive reuse of several historic, multistory masonry industrial warehouses that were originally constructed in the late 1800’s. The 126,000 square-foot renovation and seismic upgrade of six industrial warehouse buildings, along with the new library addition, dramatically transformed the downtown Tacoma area. The program layout gutted much of the interior of the building providing five-story-tall atriums and a unique learning environment, all the while maintaining the historical significance of the exterior facades.  


Phase 2

Phase 2 continued to expand the campus and provided additional state-of the art facilities. Six more multistory unreinforced-masonry warehouse buildings—the Dougan Building, Cherry Parkes Building and the Mattress Factory Building, totaling nearly 160,000 square feet—were renovated and seismically upgraded. The new Science Building is a 57,361 square-foot, three-story building constructed of a concrete pan joist system with concrete shear walls. The Keystone Building is a 10,946 square-foot auditorium and office facility with a composite steel floor system and steel roof joists.


In recent years, PCS has continued to assist UW Tacoma with ongoing seismic renovations, evaluations, and master planning for this historic campus. These projects have included work at McDonald-Smith, Snoqualmie/Tioga Libraries, Tacoma Paper & Stationery, Joy Building, and others.