CLIENT

University of Washington

ARCHITECT

Thomas Hacker Architects, Inc.

CONTRACT SIZE

$14.5 million

SQUARE FOOTAGE

46,238

COMPLETED

January 2011

BUILDING MATERIALS

Structural steel and cast in place finished concrete.

UNIQUE FEATURES

The project included the use of finish lumber milled from timbers that were part of the original 1892 building construction and reuse of a vintage freight elevator hoist and steel fire doors as decorative elements.


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LEED Platinum - Russell T. Joy Building: University of Washington - Tacoma

LEED Platinum Cerification awarded to the Russel T. Joy Building on the UW Tacoma campus.

The Joy Building, renovated by Korsmo Construction, is the first in Tacoma and first on any University of Washington campus to achieve a Platinum rating in the "new construction / major remodel" category and only the second state-funded building to receive this recognition. Platinum certification is the highest possible, and most rigorous certification in the LEED system.

Erected in 1892 and reconstructed by Korsmo in 2011, the Joy Building was the last of the historic structures along Pacific Avenue to be repurposed for the UW Tacoma campus. It opened last spring, easing the university’s need for classroom space and providing retail storefronts on the first floor, facing Pacific Avenue.

The scope of the work was to provide new concrete and steel structural supports, while preserving and restoring the existing historical elements such as the exterior brick veneer.  The newly constructed interior of the 3-story, 47,000 square foot building houses sixteen general purpose classrooms, two 95 seat tiered lecture halls, department suite space, and informal student gathering spaces.  The ground level provides space for retail tenants.  

GC/CM services performed include pre-planning, scheduling, schematic design, design development, and construction documents development, constructability reviews, value engineering, bid packaging, subcontractor selection, and contract management for a phased project.

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