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May 16, 2014

Construction Award -- Public building
$10 million-$25 million

Photo courtesy of Korsmo Construction [enlarge]
The Tioga Library was built on a tight site on the University of Washington Tacoma campus.

Tioga Library

Location: Tacoma

General contractor: Korsmo Construction

Owner/developer: University of Washington Tacoma

Primary designer: THA Architecture

University of Washington Tacoma’s Tioga Library project was essentially an existing building located within the new building footprint, presenting a real challenge in minimizing impacts to the adjacent street.

Korsmo and the design team worked with the city of Tacoma and developed a lagging wall design that was placed as the foundation was demolished from the top down.

The building was constructed on a tight site on an active college campus — a constant challenge that required ongoing planning and frequent modifications.

The project was completed in 16 months without a single public incident and ended with an incident rate of 5.2 with all trades and hours included.

UWT representative Lanie Ralph said, “I believe what made (Korsmo) so successful was their exemplary skills in pre-construction services, schedule, cost control, field supervision and communication… I strongly encourage any owner to consider them for their construction projects.”

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