University of Washington
Completed in 2011
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.