Pacific Plaza

A 149,000 square feet steel-framed parking garage and addition of office and retail space. Once an eyesore on Tacoma’s developing downtown street scape, the renovated building adds a new vibrancy to the area. The design team implemented green initiatives such as a vegetative roof which lowers overall temperatures of the building and reduces energy consumption, and a rain water collection system which utilizes a centuries old Turkish bath that was uncovered during construction and used as a cistern to irrigate the roof garden.  Thanks to these measures, Pacific Plaza became Washington’s first commercial office building to earn LEED Platinum Certification, received the Ghilarducci Award in recognition of successful new development & renovation by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, and was awarded the Commercial Revitalization Award by the City of Tacoma.

At the recommendation of Absher Construction, Stearns joined with PCS Structural Solutions to assist with design development. Stearns furnished and installed all structural steel components, provided shop and construction drawings, and implemented Smartbeam™, an innovative approach for long-spans that deliver greater strength with less weight and offer aesthetic appeal.


Project Details

Client: Pacific Plaza Development LLC

Location: Tacoma, Washington

Contractor: Absher Construction

Architect: BLRB Architects

Engineer-of-Record: PCS Engineers

Size: 255,000 square feet

Number of Levels: 8

Number of Stalls: 500

System Type: SmartBeam, Structural Steel

Completion Date: 2007



Ghilarducci Award – Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce

Build Washington Award for Green Building – Associated General Contractors of Washington

LEED Platinum Certification