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.
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