University of Washington Tacoma Phase 2B

Higher Ed

The University of Washington Tacoma’s Phase 2B Expansion involved the adaptive re-use and complete modernization of 135,000 s.f. of building area throughout five buildings in Tacoma’s Historical/Union Station District, primarily in the historic Mattress Factory and Cherry Parkes Buildings.

The 57,000 s.f. Mattress Factory Building houses a variety of spaces including a tiered “case presentation” lecture hall, classroom space, media center, campus administrative offices, meeting rooms and 18,000 s.f. of student activity space. The Cherry Parkes building houses the first phase of the Institute of Technology which is comprised of several computer laboratories, repair facilities, conference rooms and administrative/reception areas.

The Phase 2B Expansion was one of the earliest LEED Silver certified projects for the University of Washington. Innovation credits were granted for a unique signage system developed by McGranahan Architects in cooperation with the University to educate occupants and visitors about sustainable design features.

McGranahan Architects served as the prime architect and provided oversight and management of the design for three architectural firms, managing the process from predesign through the warranty period as well as detail development and document production for both Cherry Parkes and Mattress Factory.

Client: University of Washington

Location: Tacoma, WA

Size: 135,000 s.f.