University of Puget Sound Welcome Center & Plaza

Tacoma, WA

Creating a new facility for campus visitors for a memorable, welcoming and informative experience.

A new two-story, wood-framed building housing the admissions offices, presentation room and interview suites for prospective students. The facility has open, inviting spaces including the two-story reception area with fireplace and a feature stair. The glulam rafters were left exposed in the waiting and presentation rooms while fir soffits between the glulams concealed piping and conduit, creating a clean and contemporary look.

There are also fir wall paneling throughout the building. Slate tile roof, custom brick mix, copper trim, and cedar siding are a few additional features that enable the Welcome Center to seamlessly tie in with rest of campus. Site improvements included a concrete courtyard and water feature.

The Wheelock Plaza serves as heart of campus. Abbott renovated the concrete plaza and building entrance, inclusive of an electrical infrastructure upgrade – creating a destination for students to meet and gather for events that was not available to them before.

University of Puget Sound
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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, BCRA
13,000 sf
New Construction


  • Self-performed carpentry finishes
  • Self-performed specialty concrete
  • Fir soffits & wall panelling
  • Glulam rafters

University of Puget Sound Welcome Center & Plaza

New two-story, wood-framed building & plaza renovation.

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