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The University Y Center a partnership between the University of Washington Tacoma and the YMCA of Pierce amp Kitsap Counties has been recognized as an outstanding designbuild project Photo courtesy University of Washington Tacoma
<p>The University Y Center, a partnership between the University of Washington Tacoma and the YMCA of Pierce &amp; Kitsap Counties, has been recognized as an outstanding design-build project. (Photo courtesy University of Washington Tacoma.)</p>

Joint University of Washington Tacoma/YMCA Center Wins Design Award

The Design-Build Institute of America gives the project its National Award of Merit

A student center at the University of Washington Tacoma that is operated by the local YMCA has been recognized as an outstanding design-build project.

The University Y Center, a $22 million facility that opened in January, has received the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) National Award of Merit in the Educational Facilities category.

The 70,238-square-foot facility in downtown Tacoma is owned by the university and operated by the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. It houses a spacious health and fitness center as well as offices, and meeting and social spaces for students.

Design and construction of the center was a collaboration: Mortenson Construction was the design-builder, and McGranahan Architects was the architect. The DBIA singled out the project for its teamwork.

“The team jointly created a collaboration guide that clearly outlined project goals,” the DBIA said. “The design-build contract clearly and fairly allocated risks, and everyone reacted in a way that best benefited the project, all while on an accelerated delivery schedule.”

The DBIA also noted that workers logged more than 48,000 hours designing and building the center “with zero recordable safety incidents.”

The University Y Center also was singled out in the New Tacoma Awards given by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. The project received the Ghilarducci Award, which recognizes new development or beautification that helps revitalize downtown Tacoma.

The partnership between the university and the Y enables students to have full, free use of the student center and any YMCA facility in Pierce & Kitsap counties. YMCA members who are not students also will have access to the University Y.

The $22 million University Y Student Center at the University of Washington Tacoma houses a fitness center as well as offices, meeting space and social space for student. (Photo by Cody Char, courtesy University of Washington Tacoma.)

Student fees helped pay for construction of the center. The fitness space in the facility includes two basketball courts; a climbing wall with five routes; a 1 ½-mile running track; 123 cardio, fitness and weight-training stations; and two multipurpose studios to accommodate group exercise.

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