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Russell T. Joy Building

Project Info

University of Washington
Tacoma, Washington
44,000 sf
Completed in 2011

LEED Platinum

The Joy Building is a three-story historic warehouse building originally constructed in 1892. Located at the north entry of the University, the Joy Building serves as a welcoming beacon and an entrance to a major pedestrian thoroughfare running along Commerce Street – a connective open space through the campus. The addition of sixteen classrooms, seminar rooms, and two large lecture halls addresses the projected growth needs of UW Tacoma. Additionally, the project adds a new office suite for the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences department. The building’s layout situates classrooms on the east side of the building facing Pacific Avenue, with views out to the active streetscape and Tacoma’s historic railroad station. Informal gathering and studying spaces are placed on the west side of the building, facing the pedestrian throughway and a planned plaza. Along Pacific Avenue, restaurant and retail space transforms the historic warehouse into a vibrant downtown storefront and enforces the strong ties the University has created with the Tacoma community.

The Joy Building won First Place in the 2012 AIA Portland 2030 Challenge Awards, in recognition of its significance as a sustainably designed and constructed building.

Sustainable Design Highlights:
Sustainable Design Highlights:

The design of the restored LEED Platinum Joy Building incorporates a great number of sustainable strategies. In addition to reusing an existing building and recycling most of the interior materials, the building employs energy efficient and operable windows, high efficiency condensing boilers, efficient lighting design, low-flow hot water fixtures, variable refrigerant flow fan coils and LED exit signs.

The Joy Building won First Place in the 2012 AIA Portland 2030 Challenge Awards, in recognition of its significance as a sustainably designed and constructed building.
Awards
Awards

 
2013
AIA Washington Civic Design Merit Award
2012
First Place, AIA Portland COTE 2030 Challenge Award
2012
University of Washington Capital Projects Office Team Achievement Award
2011
New Tacoma Award: Ghilarducci Award