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Tacoma Center for Urban Waters

Envisioned as an inspiration for environmentally regenerative development the Center for Urban Waters combines high concept with a contextually defined design process. This unique 56,000 sf office and marine research laboratory center project is located on the The Foss Waterway in downtown Tacoma.

Bullet 50K SF
Bullet $21M construction cost
Bullet LEED Platinum

It brings together local, state and Federal governments along with the University of Washington, private industry and other interested parties together to find and develop solutions to the problems facing urban bay communities. The project included both office and lab space. The 30,000 sf of office space contains open and private offices, reception, conference rooms, small kitchenette and other smaller support spaces; along with a 20,000 sf wet lab area. 

The project targeted and received LEED® Platinum certification. WSP USA provided mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, electrical, and telecommunications professional engineering services, as well as Code Consulting and LEED® Certification support. Included in the lab space are two clean rooms for metal and organic analysis. While these rooms are not intended to be certified as clean rooms, they have been designed to meet the standards for a Class 100,000 lab. The project implemented the following energy conservation methods: Increased wall and roof insulation, green roof, external operable windows and fixed shading elements, high efficiency windows, ground source heat pumps, heat recovery, low flow lab hoods, variable frequency drives, dual flush toilets and low flow plumbing fixtures, radiant floors for both heating and cooling, natural ventilation, CO2 ventilation control, ceiling fans for comfort and reduced mechanical cooling, reduced lighting energy levels, daylighting dimmer controls, rainwater harvesting, and grey water reuse. 

Combined, these conservation methods resulted in an energy savings of 36.6%, or 8 out of 10 points for LEED® Energy and Atmosphere Credit