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November 7, 2014

Concrete Masonry Design and Higher Education
Honor awards: Harned Center for Health Careers

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Harned Center, outfitted in three colors of structural block veneer, was built to LEED gold standards.

Location: Tacoma

Mason contractor: Johnston Construction

Architect: NBBJ

Owner: Tacoma Community College

General contractor: Forma Construction

The Harned Center for Health Careers provides up-to-date equipment in the Tacoma Community College health training programs that are not covered through state funding.

The center has 69,700 square feet for multi-use labs, instructional space, and program support areas for studying, conferences and faculty offices. Cooling and heating comes from a geothermal system made up of 150 wells that are each 220 feet deep.

The geothermal system was part of the LEED gold design for the building.

A three-color blend of structural block veneer CMU was used on the exterior.

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