The University of Washington Tacoma and the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties announced the design-build team of Mortenson Construction of Kirkland, Wash., and McGranahan Architects of Tacoma received the highest score of three proposals submitted to design and construct the University Y Student Center.

Negotiations now begin on a contract to deliver the building designed to serve UW Tacoma students, faculty and staff, Y members and the downtown Tacoma area.

“The Mortenson-McGranahan team offered a vision for how this student center and recreation facility will add to the architectural and cultural fabric of the campus and the broader community,” said UW Tacoma Chancellor Debra Friedman. 

Added Y president and CEO Bob Ecklund, “We can't wait to build this new community hub to serve UW Tacoma students and our community. Our partnership continues to strengthen as we go through this process.”

The proposed 70,238 square foot building has three floors that include areas for cardio, weight training, a gym and an indoor running track, as well as gathering space and offices to serve student activities and house student government. The project could be completed as early as late 2014.