Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Cascade Building Renovation

Lakewood, Washington

  • FIRM

    McGranahan Architects


    Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

  • AREA

    247,000 sq.ft.





The Cascade Building renovation is a complete revitalization of a five-story, 247,000-square-foot building that was built in 1974 as the central hub of a new campus. The building’s age, extensive use and poorly conceived expansions altered this building to one that was difficult to navigate and utilize. The renovation focused on improving ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$173.47FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation building’s wayfinding, accessibility, program utilization and building systems. 

Building navigation was improved by creating an accessible central campus route through the core of the building, which included new entry plazas and vital linkages. Program reorganization and transparency created a more inviting and purposeful experience for students, faculty and staff. 

The campus’ award-winning library program was given a complete reorganization and makeover, focusing on a variety of student activity zones, clarity of resources and integration of technology. Additional revitalized spaces include: 

•College administration and faculty offices. 

•Distance learning and instructional space.

•Transformation of a former lecture hall into a black-box theater.

•An open and welcoming Student Services Center.