2010 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Awards - Citation
Tacoma Community College Science & Engineering Building
Science instruction and science laboratory activities at Tacoma Community College were conducted in 36 year old buildings which
did not adequately provide for the specialized building systems required for developing science instruction methodologies.
The original facility was demolished and the site reserved for future academic structures in accordance with the campus development
plan outlined in the 2001-11 Facilities Master Plan.
In order to adequately meet the needs of students in providing state of the art science instruction, Miller Hull designed an $18.5
million, 73,000 gross square foot building which incorporates the specialized environmental needs of science instruction for existing
academic programs and for programs under development. The new facility provides dedicated, specialized science classrooms and
laboratories for biology, chemistry, physics/engineering, earth sciences, and environmental sciences; a shared greenhouse laboratory;
several general purpose classrooms; small group study/break out spaces; and office and support spaces for the science programs offered
in the facility. This project not only addresses the specific and specialized needs of academic instruction for all science programs
currently offered at Tacoma Community College but also the programs enhancements and expansions under development, i.e. biology, chemistry,
physics/engineering, earth sciences, and environmental sciences. The building's theme is "Science on Display".