Tacoma General Hospital
Central Utility Plant

The New Steam Plant’s Boilers Operate With a Minimum of 20% Greater Efficiency Than the Old Plant

Tacoma General Hospital’s 50-year-old Central Energy Plant needed an upgrade to increase efficiency, meet the demands of the hospital, and accommodate expected growth. This new 20,000 square-foot central utility plant houses three steam boilers (two 1,200 HP and one 600 HP), three emergency power generators (1,500 kilowatts each), and electrical switchgear for backup of both emergency and normal power distribution.

  • Address: 304 South I Street, Tacoma, WA, USA
  • Status: Completed
  • Client: Multicare Health Systems
  • Architect: Giffen Bolte Jurgens
  • Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
  • Size: 20,000 SF

An 80,000-gallon backup underground fuel oil tank is located on-site. The building also contains a control room, offices, lockers, maintenance shop, and medical gas tank farm. The steel-columned structure with massive concrete shear walls is engineered to withstand a severe earthquake and remain operational.

Press + Awards

  • 2009: Northwest Construction Best of the Best | Best Industrial Project
  • 2009: McGraw Hill National Award | Best Industrial Project
  • 2010: ACEC National Track Silver Award In Energy Category

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