Building a place "Where Girls Grow Strong"

John Korsmo Construction, Inc. of Lakewood has completed the Pacific Peaks Council Girl Scout Center in DuPont.

The 21,650 sq. ft. facility is the new home to Girl Scouts – “Where Girls Grow Strong” – from Southwestern Washington and reflects the Council’s commitment to serve every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout.

The $2.6 million facility was completed in early May on a 10-month construction calendar. It included development of the 5.19 acre wooded site with ample parking.

The two-story building features an administrative wing, a great hall, meeting rooms, a resource computer lab and a retail store.

A bridge leads out of the great hall over a natural glacial depression to the Promise Path. This bridge connects to a natural wooded trail leading to the campfire ring.

Adopting a Northwest flavor, the architecture includes exposed beams and a window wall in the great room, peeler poles at the main entrance and interior stained concrete floors.

“We’re extremely proud of our work on this beautiful building,” said John Korsmo, Jr. president of Korsmo Construction. “We had the opportunity to work with the owner and design team using the Value Engineering process to meet the budget and capture the character of this exclusive setting for the Girl Scouts.”

Korsmo Construction, its subcontractors and suppliers also donated $75,000 of in-kind labor and materials. The Girl Scouts received additional donations of architectural woodwork and wood windows along with the wood and recycled plastic composite material that was used for the fascia and soffits.

The collective collaborative design team consisted of BOE Architects, AHBL (Structural and Structural and Civil Engineering), Cheryl Marshall and Associates (Interior Design) and Jeff Glander and Associates (Landscape Architecture).

Adding to the character of the construction were regular visits from different Girl Scout Troops. Each troop received a tour of the building and reciprocated the tour by delivering boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the construction crew.

The project manager from Korsmo Construction was Robin Towell-Maillet. The superintendent was Jim Gates. Both managed an accident-free jobsite and completed the project on schedule.

Major subcontractors included: Earthwork – SchockBrothers, Landscape/Irrigation – SS Landscaping, GWB – Sessler, Inc., Painting – Larry Feller Painting, Plumbing – Tacoma Plumbing & Heating, Fire Sprinklers – Knight Fire Protection, HVAC Design/Build – Narrows Heating and Air Conditioning, Electrical Design/Build – Lazer Electric.