Learning Commons and Engineering Renovation

Higher Ed

The new Learning Commons and Engineering renovation at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) focuses on inclusion, learning, knowledge, and technology in equal parts to build the University’s core values into these buildings at the heart of the campus.

The Learning Commons creates a flexible, shared experience for the Center for Equity and Inclusion and includes a kitchen, classroom, and hang-out space. The Teaching and Learning Center was transformed and includes space for quantitative tutoring, educator office hours, and a Writing and Research Center run jointly with the Library. The Library includes technology and a maker space to provide wrap-around student services while centering a mission of diversity, equity, and access. Collectively these groups share approximately 42,750 SF between Snoqualmie Hall and Tioga Library buildings and host a welcome desk in both buildings where anyone can request assistance about the Learning Commons or UWT campus. The design focused on inclusion, integrated learning, knowledge, and technology in equal parts with space planning, interior design, and furniture.

The renovated space for the new Mechanical Engineering program is approximately 12,225 SF located on the Pacific Ave level of the historic Academic Block spanning four buildings: Garretson Woodruff and Pratt, Birmingham Block, Birmingham Hay and Seed, and West Coast Grocer. The project includes a Materials & Machine Lab, Mechatronics & Controls Lab, Capstone Lab, and a Fluid & Heat Transfer Lab, as well as storage, a lab manager’s office, and student study areas. For this Design-Build project, our team provided architecture and interior design; furniture, fixture, & equipment services; as well as construction support.

Client: University of Washington Tacoma

Location: Tacoma, WA

Size: Learning Commons 42,750 SF, Engineering Renovation 12,225 SF