McDonald Smith (MDS)

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McDonald Smith

Physical address

1932 Pacific Avenue [map]

Do not send mail to this address. The mailing address for all UW Tacoma offices is 1900 Commerce Street, Tacoma, WA 98402-3100.

Building hours

Offices and services
Office Room
UW Autism Center MDS 110
Center for Applied Social Cognition Research MDS 105
Classrooms and academic space
Space Room
Classroom MDS 313
Breakout Room MDS 102
Breakout Room MDS 202
Breakout Room MDS 302
Meeting and event space
Space Room
Conference Room MDS 312


Built 1890-96 / Renovated 2015

Similar to the neighboring Cherry Parkes building, McDonald Smith was built for the wholesale trade that flourished along Pacific Avenue at the end of the 19th and in the early 20th centuries.

E.A. McDonald and F.C. Smith were in the wholesale hay, grain and feed business. Like several of its neighbors, it was later taken over by the Younglove Grocery Company for its operations. In later years, the building became loft apartments until the University took it over in 2012.

The University officially renovated the building in 2015 and it now houses classrooms, study spaces and faculty offices. As with all of the campus buildings that front Pacific Avenue, the ground floor continues to house retail.