South Tacoma Community Center

The South Tacoma Community Center is a multi-purpose facility that has been developed by the Tacoma Metro Parks to provide an inclusive space for the community. The center offers various amenities, including a fitness center, a full kitchen, a performance stage, and daycare services. The design and layout of the center prioritize accessibility and adheres to ADA guidelines.

Client: Metropolitan Parks Tacoma
Architect:  Miller Hull Partnership
Contract Value: $10,142,337
Completion: 2012

The community center was built on top of a preexisting peat bog. To provide more stability, JMC’s team installed several aggregate piers to provide additional structural support. The building is made of wood and structural steel, while most construction materials were sourced locally. The landscaping plays a crucial role in the overall design, with three ponds connected by a winding nature trail that features a bridge. The ponds also serve as the primary storm-water retention system.

To heat the building, 37 geothermal wells were installed, each reaching a depth of 250feet. Radiant flooring is utilized throughout the entire building. The eastern side of the structure is intentionally curved, allowing the Swiss Pearl siding to reflect sunlight. It also serves to offer stunning views of the mountains from every room.

The LEED Gold Certified project signifies its status as an eco-friendly and sustainable building and is considered a remarkable facility in South Tacoma that provides a wide range of amenities and services while prioritizing accessibility and sustainability.

In April 2012,Senator Patty Murray hosted a field conference at the South Tacoma Community Center to discuss the Wounded Warrior Project and how similar facilities can support veterans. The conference highlighted the importance of creating spaces similar to the South Tacoma Community Center that serves the city and provides assistance to those in need.