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August 12, 2014

Tacoma Housing Authority wins LEED gold for community center

Photo by GGLO [enlarge]

Tacoma Housing Authority's Bay Terrace Community and Education Center in the Hilltop neighborhood has been certified LEED gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The center is in the 2500 block of South G Street and is part of Bay Terrace, a mixed-income housing development.

The 7,227-square-foot center opened this spring and houses office space for leasing staff and services for residents, along with space for Head Start programs and an outdoor play area.

GGLO was the architect, interior designer and landscape architect, and Absher Construction built the center. The team also included KPFF, civil engineer; PCS Structural Solutions, structural engineer; Glumac, commissioning and MEP engineer; Candela, lighting; and Design 2426, irrigation.

GGLO said the project has more than 6,000 square feet of vegetation including vegetated swales and a planted roof to filter stormwater.

The center has an optimized building envelope, high-efficiency HVAC, low-flow plumbing, high-efficiency toilets and secure bike storage at the entrance.

The architect said materials were selected for durability, indoor air quality, recycled content, and the location of harvesting and manufacturing.

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