YMCA and UW Tacoma agree on design-build team for new student center

Staff writerJuly 22, 2013 

A preliminary rendering of the University Y Student Center slated for downtown Tacoma.

MORTENSON CONSTRUCTION

From nine that responded to the request-for-proposal, to three that were named to the short list, the University of Washington Tacoma and the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties have chosen the team that will design and build the University Y Student Center in downtown Tacoma.


The university on Monday announced that Mortenson Construction of Kirkland and McGranahan Architects of Tacoma will bring the center from dirt to debut.


The $20 million project will rise from the corner of South 17th Street and Market Street – across from the Court 17 Apartments – and will enclose three floors totaling 70,238 square feet.


The design-build team and the university have begun negotiating a contract for the center, which could open as early as late-2014.


The facility will contain a two-story gymnasium below a running track, an assembly room as well as enclosed spaces to accommodate student government and activities, lounges and multi-purpose rooms.


Because of the fees they have paid, students will be able to access the new center and other YMCA facilities in the area. University staff can use the facility if they secure Y membership.


“Working together, the Y and UW Tacoma will provide so much more than either institution could offer on its own,” said UWT Chancellor Debra Friedman in a release Monday.


“We are excited to deliver the vision for how we can offer health and well-being services on campus,” said Bob Ecklund, Y president and CEO. “As we have said from the beginning, healthier students contribute to an overall healthier community.”

C.R. Roberts, 253-597-8535

c.r.roberts@thenewstribune.com

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