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Old Posted Nov 21, 2007, 8:18 AM
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Lightbulb Park Plaza South - Tacoma

The eyesore Park Plaza South parking garage in Downtown Tacoma is well on its way to becoming something a bit more pleasing on the eye.


Construction in progress:

Image from Tacoma Urbanist Flickr
To the left is the Luzon building, click here for info on it's rehab

"In the 1960s, the City of Tacoma unfortunately knocked down a whole row of historical buildings to build the parking garage which Mayor Baarsma has referred to as a "tombstone." The area was named the "Dead Zone" by the Tacoma Daily Index. "

Project name: Pacific Plaza

Where: Park Plaza South, South 13th Street and Pacific Avenue, Tacoma

What: Reconstruction of city-owned parking garage will add one level with 104 parking stalls and two levels of office space with 34,000 square feet each and expand retail space on Pacific Avenue.

Who: Pacific Plaza LLC and City of Tacoma

Cost: $32.5 million, with approximately $7 million paid by city

When: City Council vote expected in January, construction beginning fall 2007, opening end of 2008.

Development team: Dan Putnam, president of PCS Structural Solutions in Tacoma; principals of Absher Construction Co. in Puyallup – Tom and Dan Absher, Greg and Clark Helle and Brad Sayre

Architect: BLRB Architects

Leasing agent: Neil Walter Co.

Deal: City to own and operate all parking. Pacific Plaza LLC to own and operate retail and office spaces.

Tenants: BLRB Architects and PCS Structural will occupy lowest office floor. Top floor still available.

Finished project should look something like this:



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The future plan for the larger North Park Plaza a few block north on Pacific Ave. is for it to be demolished to make way for new structres.

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Old Posted Nov 21, 2007, 4:03 PM
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Cool! I like these new refurbished buildings!
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Old Posted Nov 21, 2007, 4:27 PM
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That's a big improvement! Another step forward for DT Tacoma. The office space, while not huge, is also a step forward in a downtown that needs a new Class A building but is hasn't been getting one.

BTW, it's PCS Structural Solutions, not PCS Structural. FYI.
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wow that's a pretty drastic change. i was wondering what they were doing with that. i was hoping they were tearing it down and building something nicer and taller with more uses but i guess this is nearly as good
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well it will look better, that is for sure.
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What's the update on this?
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Old Posted Mar 12, 2008, 1:00 AM
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It is moving along. All of the store fronts are torn out and the gound level is all open. They have poured at least one new support. I think they are getting ready to poor some more. I will try and get some pictures.
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From the Tacoma Daily Index:

Developers seek LEED certification, $3 million from City to complete Pacific Plaza project


(IMAGE COURTESY BLRB ARCHITECTS)

Tacoma City Council is expected to vote July 29 on a resolution that would appropriate $3 million toward completion of the renovation of Park Plaza South, according to a presentation yesterday at City Hall.


The $35 million project, currently under construction and renamed Pacific Plaza, is a partnership between the City of Tacoma and Pacific Plaza Development LLC. So far, the city has committed $15.3 million toward the project.

a little over $1 million for proposed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) enhancements that would include a green roof with soil and vegetation, irrigation cistern, and garage lighting and fixture controls that developers hope will give the project a much sought after LEED-platinum certification.

One interesting wrinkle: the team recently discovered a former Turkish spa 15 feet below Pacific Avenue which could be used to collect rainwater and irrigate the rooftop greenspace currently planned for the project. "We may get close to net zero runoff in the building's storm water system," said Putnam.
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Update, 7-29

Closer detail, as promised!
Taken Monday. I got there after the concrete pump left, but you still can see the core rising up.


Notice the form? This morning it was gone, revealing more concrete. Didn't have the camera tho.
Still, I decided that this called for a closer inspection!


From the Tacoma Club @ Wells Fargo, we get a very nice, complete view from 16 stories up.
I once read the the TFC was supposed to be twin 22-story towers. Looking at the garage to it's right (and behind the crane), it sure looks like twins were planned...

Hi-Res is available HERE

Detail of the core. As mentioned earlier, there is exposed concrete there now where the forms are...


XtReMe close up of the forms. Dig the people looking at it from the other side of the street...


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The crane, if only because I have liked them since I made one out of Tinkertoys when I was 7...
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Core and More

Ok, I have no life and it's my day off so I swung by again, camera in hand.
Enjoy!

Here, we see another floor of concrete over earlier this week


Up close, elevator door is still framed in


Said core, at ground level


I looked at the render, and no this notch they cut out is not for a column. It's part of the new design


Looking thru the chain link fence, a glimpse of the work done on Pac Ave


A lot of dust from...


This! Now that's a pretty bad ass saw.


Rebar ready to go for the new walls...


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Pac Plaza, 08-08-08

Pac Plaza is moving along nicely, we have the core already up 3 floors above the current roof, and some wall removal complete too!

From 13th and Tacoma Ave


Remember that huge, nasty saw? THIS is what it was for:


Shoring and forms for new concrete on the Commerce side.


Today.
You can see another floor in the core.


More later...
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Just playing around with GIMP, thought I'd share this for fun.
Kind of a 3D effect.

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Just a few pics today, despite the rain...


Forms are down off 3 sides of the core, revealing fresh concrete. I wish Pac Plaza was going higher... not only is the Class A space needed, but there is a huge gap in the skyline there.
Of course it may be limited to how tall it can go by the foundations. Remember, it was built in the 70s as a parking garage...


Rainy summer day in T-town


Can't see much from the streets...
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Today... little change as seen down on Pac Ave



On the right, we see framing for doorways...

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Saw something different today... the holes that used to be windows are sanded down and there is rebar in them... soon to be filled, methinks



I like the smooth, lighter part of the concrete above versus the old, dark textured below. Really cleans up the lines.



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Nothing new, just some night photos for your viewing pleasure:



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Thanks for the updates. It is very interesting to watch from your perspective.
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A grocery store downtown – finally?

Dream a little dream with me: If you could cherry-pick the ideal ground-floor store for the soon-to-open Pacific Plaza building in downtown Tacoma, which one would you put there?

How about a grocery store?

It might happen.

Neil Walter Co., the building’s Tacoma-based leasing agent, has engaged in conversations with an unidentified grocer about leasing the largest, prime space at the corner of South 13th Street and Pacific Avenue.

The ideal concept would bundle a destination grocery store, a brand-name drug store and a restaurant along Pacific Avenue, said Mike Hickey, principal at Neil Walter Co.


whole story at the link above.


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