Construction Award
New Building (under $5 million) tie

Tacoma Country and Golf Club pool complex

Location: Tacoma
General contractor: John Korsmo Construction
Owner/developer: Tacoma Country and Golf Club
Architect: Merritt Architects
Engineers: Putnam Collins Scott Associates (structural); AHBL Engineers (civil)
Contract amount: $1.4 million

Photo courtesy AGC of Washington
The new swimming pool at Tacoma Country and Golf Club was built into a steep hillside.

One factor dominated construction of the 2,500-square-foot swimming pool facility: The half-Olympic-sized pool had to be built on a steep hillside overlooking the edge of a lake.

The steep embankment required extensive excavation and a retaining wall system. Korsmo Construction had to connect the multi-tired complex to the American Lake beachfront by an elevator housed in a clock tower in order to make the lakefront ADA accessible for club visitors.

Both ends of the site are bordered by green belts, which had to be preserved and incorporated into the projectís landscaping. Only a few trees were removed in coordination of the city of Lakewood.

This was a seven-month project completed in only four months in order to meet the clubís business objective of attracting and retaining younger members. The board and membership concluded that the pool had to be open for the clubís Fourth of July celebration. Construction began on Feb. 28 and the pool was fully operational on July 3.

The club gained 115 new members in its target demographic immediately following the grand opening.

The project had no time-loss injuries despite a 75-degree sloped embankment, wet and rainy conditions, and an owner-occupied site.

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