Green building

Annette B. Weyerhaeuser
Early Learning Center

Location: Tacoma
General contractor: Pease Construction
Owner/developer: Tacoma Community College
Architect: McGranahan Architects
Engineers: AHBL, BCE Engineers
Contract amount: $4.8 million

Photo courtesy of Pease Construction
The Annette B. Weyerhaeuser Early Learning Center at Tacoma Community College earned a LEED gold rating.

This publicly bid project was the first of its kind to achieve LEED certification since Washington state mandated that all public buildings over 5,000 square feet be certified to the LEED silver standard. The project ultimately earned enough points to achieve LEED gold.

Pease Construction guided several subcontractors through their first LEED project, assisting subs through the submittal requirements. The construction team exceeded the required LEED credits for construction-waste management as well as regionally harvested and manufactured materials.

The natural lighting incorporated into the design not only benefitted the environment, it cut temporary lighting costs during the construction process.

Pease Constructionís LEED administrator worked with Tacoma Community College to provide students with educational opportunities in green building. Pease Construction hired a college intern to serve as project coordinator, which provided on-the-job training for a student going into construction management.

A letter of commendation from McGranahan Architects said, ďPease Constructionís commitment to maintaining a high level of quality throughout the construction process was impressive, and the results are clearly apparent in the completed facility."

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