Pacific Plaza

Tacoma, WA

The Challenge

Revitalize an unsightly City of Tacoma-owned Garage and freshen the downtown landscape through development of environmentally responsible Class A offices in the space above the garage and retail space at the ground level.


Our team’s proposal was selected as the only concept presented that intended to adaptively reuse, rather than demolish, the existing structure. The final design retained 57% of the original garage yet visually had the appearance of a brand-new project. The city was able to renovate and construct garage parking at a value less than replacement cost and enabled a developer to provide for three floors of retail and commercial space.

Quick Facts

  • LEED Platinum
  • Green roof
  • An existing Turkish bath was discovered and re-used for rain harvesting
  • Castellated steel beams span 60 feet and allow light to penetrate
  • Winner: AGC of WA 2010 Green Building