William W. Philip Hall

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Named for one of the people most responsible for locating a university in Tacoma, William W. Philip Hall provides a flexible event space that can accommodate lectures, meetings, performances, dinners or fairs. The James A. Milgard Family Assembly Room provides comfortable meeting space for large groups and can be expanded to include the Jane Thompson Russell Student Commons for select events. The Columbia Bank Lobby offers a stunning view of Pacific Avenue, Union Station, the Washington State History Museum and Mount Rainier. The Judith Graubard Kopp Gallery provides areas for tables, displays or socializing.

21,000 square feet

Designer: Thomas Hacker Architects

Contractor: John Korsmo Construction

Building cost: $12 million

Funding: Public-private (state: $7.5 million; private donations: $4 million)