This phase of construction added classroom and office space required to continue UW Tacoma’s rapid growth. In addition to general classroom space, it includes specialized classrooms, a student center funded by students and offices for student services. The project earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, a prestigious industry recognition for sustainable design.
Prime architect: McGranahan Architects, Tacoma
General contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis
Cost: $40.8 million
Cherry Parkes Building Opened January 2004
Three small historic warehouses along Pacific Avenue were connected to make one large building including classrooms, labs, offices and specialized learning space. Space on street-level on Pacific Avenue is leased to retail. The renovation includes private funds used for classrooms, labs and offices for the Institute of Technology. The building takes its name from the designers of the cast-iron facades on the ground floor. 74,187 square feet.
Associated architect: BOLA Architects, Seattle
Mattress Factory Building Opened January 2004
Two historic warehouses were combined into one building that includes classrooms, offices, a student center and offices for student services, including career counseling, student government and the newspaper. An old Harmon Furniture Company sign advertising Slumberite mattresses, still visible on the north end of the building, provides inspiration for the building’s name. It was never actually a mattress factory, but provided storage and sales space for the Harmon Furniture Company. 64,097 square feet.
Associated architect: Miller Hull Architects, Seattle