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Exterior photo of the University Place Civic Building main entry atrium
Exterior photo of the University Place Civic Building main entry atrium
Photo of the signage indicating the City of University Place offices at the front entry
Photo of the signage indicating the Pierce County Public Library at the front entry
Photo showing the library signage along the back of the building along Drexler Avenue
Exterior photo of the cantilevering rear of the building over the sidewalk along Drexler Avenue

City of University Place Civic Building

University Place, Washington

Paul Brienen is the Engineer of Record for the centerpiece of the Town Center development on Bridgeport Avenue in University Place.  Key elements to this project include a three-story glass-enclosed atrium with wood-trimmed front bents, a feature lobby fireplace, and a central elevated roof section that continues down the spine of the structure with curved glulam beams and tongue-and-groove decking.  This 61,000 square foot facility houses the offices for the City, a Pierce County Public Library, and has street-level commercial spaces.  This project was developed by the City to serve as the first phase of significant public and private development in this area.

The building is a steel frame with concrete-on-metal deck floors and a concrete core wall lateral system.  Schedule was a significant project priority for this project, with all construction team members streamlining were possible.  The use of full-height self-consolidating concrete to cast the core walls three stories tall in a single pour provided significant construction schedule savings and contributed to the overall success of the project.


City of University Place


Helix Design Group


Jody Miller Construction


Square Footage:  61,000 sq. ft.

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