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The City of Tacoma is looking for someone to build their Center for Urban Waters to the greenest of standards.

Located on the east side of the Foss Waterway, the City wants the building to achieve a platinum rating from the Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a rating only given out about 100 times worldwide.

And there’s already a budget set aside for the project: a cool $40 million. That said, they don’t know know if they can do it for that amount. From the Tribune:

If no one promises to build it for under $40 million, the city will either have to go back to the drawing board or decide whether to scrape up more money. The latter will be a tough sell during a biennium when tax revenues are expected to dip and the city will likely need to use some reserve money to patch the budget.

Still, Anderson said the initial price tag isn’t the only factor.

“The consideration needs to be in two directions – differences in initial costs and differences in long-term costs,” he said.

The request for bids goes out at the end of the month.

So if you’re a green builder, and you could use $40 million dollars right now, we’ve got a City we’d like you to meet.

Link to The News Tribune

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Douglas Tooley

I can’t say for sure if this is a wise expenditure of funds, but it is certainly a project worthy of spending an elevated $ per SF on.

This is a symbolic building and one that will inspire and educate many.  We do need to be sure that the folks that are building it are technically competent and not merely environmental ‘visionaries’ of the sort at Sound Transit.

It is certainly time to start sketching out ideas of how Urban Waters will fit into the urban fabric of a future Tacoma – perhaps most notably UW-T – who is renting a portion of the facility.

Who knows, perhaps <span class=“caps”>WASH</span> <span class=“caps”>DOT</span> would even kick in some money for the 11th Avenue bridge for some school route funding!

October 24, 2008 at 11:09 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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