Alma Mater - Arts and Community Space

Address: 1322 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

Alma Mater just opened in 2018 at the site of the former Carpenters Building, a 23,000 square foot complex built in 1954. This building had been unused and in poor condition until it was redesigned into a community arts center with a cafe and lounge, art gallery, music venue, and artist work/education spaces.

Alma Mater's design focused on sustainability from the start by utilizing environmentally friendly and durable materials. The doors and windows from the original building were salvaged and reused. Every mechanical system was upgraded. Lighting uses LED lights and operates on motion sensors to be energy efficient. In addition, solar panels provide 1/3 of the buildings energy needs. A significant portion of the parking lot was depaved to create a rain garden to collect stormwater runoff. The landscaping utilizes sprinkler systems that detect moisture in the environment which conserves water. 

This site will also host ATMO Architecture whose design approach is rooted in the following principles: Architecture affects people mentally, physically and emotionally, and has the capacity to support human well-being. Architecture is a synthesis of aesthetic expression, sensitivity to context, the and sensory experience of space. Architecture is connected to nature: people and projects benefit from the employment of sustainable design techniques.

With so many sustainable features, this is one site you won't want to miss! 

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