Campus Awards & Recognitions

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Golden Shovel Award (2018)
Presented by the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County to recognizes businesses, organizations or individuals that have made a significant contribution to the economic well-being of Tacoma-Pierce County.

Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence (2017)
Recognizing work on the Prairie Line Trail project.

Design-Build Institute of America National Award of Excellence (2015)
Honoring the University Y Student Center project.

Pierce County Regional Council Working Across Boundaries Award (2015)
Recognizing work on the Prairie Line Trail project.

City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission Stewardship in Historic Preservation Award (2014)
The Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission will honor the university with its 2014 Stewardship in Historic Preservation award, recognizing the renovation of the Joy Building.

Ghilarducci Award (2011)
Presented by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber to spotlight renovation of the historic Russell T. Joy Building for an outstanding contribution to downtown Tacoma.

Sierra Club Best New Development (2005)
The UW Tacoma campus was recognized by the Sierra Club as one of the nation’s 12 best new developments. The group said the campus is “a bustling addition to Tacoma,” bringing thousands of students, faculty and staff to the neighborhood each week and adding to the growing demand for retail, housing and further development in the area. The Sierra Club noted UW Tacoma’s reuse of existing buildings and partnerships between city, state and community groups have created an accessible, pleasant urban campus.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification (2004)
The U.S. Green Building Council honored UW Tacoma’s Phase 2B project with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification, which recognizes sustainable design and a commitment to environmental responsibility. The Phase 2B project — the Mattress Factory and Cherry Parkes buildings — was recognized for several innovative design features and construction methods, including the re-use and restoration of 100-year-old facades; ivy walls and other passive cooling strategies; use of renewable or salvaged materials; and reduction of water and power usage. This was the first LEED certification granted in the UW system and in the city of Tacoma.

American Institute of Architects Award of Merit, December (2002)
The AIA'a Seattle chapter gave LMN Architects an Award of Merit for their work on UW Tacoma's Keystone Building. Jurors said the building, completed in late 2001, “takes full advantage of a tight urban space with transit connections that lend vigor and viability to its function. With its muscular trusses, it participates in the character of the site, adding a contemporary response to traditional building forms and adapting their vocabulary to new uses.”

National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award (1999)
UW Tacoma's campus in Tacoma's historic Warehouse District earned an Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1999. National Trust President Richard Moe called the UW Tacoma campus “a model for rehabilitation around the country,” and said “the university's creative re-use of these historic buildings shows how accommodating preservation can be.”

American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Urban Design (1999)
The campus received an AIA Honor Award, considered the profession's highest recognition of design excellence. AIA judges noted that the UW Tacoma campus is the centerpiece of an urban renaissance, combining culture, education and commercial revitalization with a grand program of historic preservation.


Joint Base Lewis-McChord Week (November 11-17, 2018)
UW Tacoma's Center for Business Analytics worked with JBLM to determine its economic impact on the region, leading to a proclamation from the city.

Debra Friedman Day (February 15, 2014)
After her death in January 2014, the City of Tacoma honored Chancellor Debra Friedman for her leadership and the impact she helped UW Tacoma make in Tacoma.

UW Tacoma Convocation Day (September 28, 2012)
Celebrating UW Tacoma's new Convocation tradition to welcome students back to campus for the new school year.

UW Tacoma Day (July 15, 2000)
In honor of UW Tacoma's 10th anniversary, the City of Tacoma declared July 15, 2000 to be UW Tacoma Day.