GeoEngineers Celebrates UW Tacoma YMCA Groundbreaking

GeoEngineers joined others in a groundbreaking celebration on December 2 for a new full-service YMCA at the University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma) that will double as a student union building.

GeoEngineers is providing geotechnical and environmental engineering services to the university and assisting the design-build team of Mortenson Construction and McGranahan Architects. We will also provide construction monitoring and observation during the first phase of construction (earthwork) and ongoing consultation to the university throughout the course of the project.

The new 70,000-square-foot YMCA is a partnership between UW Tacoma and the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. It will be built in downtown Tacoma at 1710 Market St. and have three floors that include areas for cardio and weight training, a gym and an indoor running track along with gathering space and offices for student activities and student government. It will be available for use by students, faculty, staff and all members of the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties.

“This is a tangible example of two Tacoma-based organizations working together to build the social and economic capacity of our city,” said Bob Ecklund, president and CEO of the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties.

Among the groundbreaking festivities on December 2 was a lunch hosted by GeoEngineers. Staff in attendance included Geotechnical Group Leader D.J. Thompson, Environmental Group Leader Terry McPhetridge, Environmental Geologist Tricia DeOme and Geotechnical Engineer Craig Jordan.

GeoEngineers has worked with UW Tacoma since its inception in 1996, and has been an integral part in developing the campus within the City of Tacoma. Our other UW Tacoma projects include geotechnical and environmental services for the Prairie Line Trail and environmental investigations for priority development areas throughout the campus.

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