NE Tacoma Longhouse

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NE Tacoma Longhouse
(aka Place of Hidden Waters)
6205 21st St NE, Tacoma, WA 98422

Renovation and upgrade of an existing gymnasium with a maintenance shop addition and commons area addition (using SIP panel construction), which includes a centralized community living area, activity areas, office and kitchen. New construction of a slab-on-grade foundation with integral radiant heat in preparation of the future construction of the 9,500 SF, 10-unit multi-family Place of Hidden Waters Community Longhouse (built by the Tribe); and installation of a geothermal heating system. Site work performed also included placement of concrete at the entryway to the new gym, a playground area, and a dance circle and fire pit.

The project was constructed within the jurisdiction of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and included a Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance covering Indian employment, training, contracting, subcontracting wages, and fees/taxes.

The residential portion of the project was awarded the 2012 LEED for Homes Awards Project of the Year, and was also one of six projects worldwide to be receiving the 2013 SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design, which recognizes excellence in social, economic and environmental design, and represents the collaborations needed to create truly sustainable projects and change in the world.

Additionally, the Chippewa Indian heritage of Marpac’s Project Superintendent, Corrie Shirek, was also recognized by the Puyallup Tribal Council for Employment Rights (TERO).

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