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Center for Urban Waters was announced as a recipient of The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air‐Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Technology Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievements by ASHRAE members and building owners who have successfully applied innovative building design. Their designs incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and indoor air quality and serve to communicate innovative systems design.

The NDC PPP project, Center for Urban Waters is a 51,205 square foot, three-story building. It functions as a shared research facility for the City of Tacoma, the University of Washington, and the Puget Sound Partnership, a not-for-profit with a mission to clean up Puget Sound. The building is a world-class, state-of-the-art marine research and testing laboratory that houses government and nonprofit groups that collaborate on the pollution problems facing urban communities.

The Center for Urban Waters is LEED Platinum designed and located in Tacoma, WA on the Thea Foss Waterway. Seen from the downtown core, the building is constructed on a brownfield site and is a beacon of possibility in an industrial neighborhood. The $38 million project is financed with a public-private partnership approach using 63-20 bonds and comprises laboratories, offices, conference rooms, a lunch room, an exhibit center, public art, a customer service center, and related building services including a loading dock and mooring facility on the Thea Foss Waterway.

Find Full Press Release HERE,  Recipients of Technology Awards Announced by ASHRAE Urban Waters