Tacoma Parking Garage expansion under way

Editor’s Note: Dana Greenlee’s technology column will not run today, because she was abducted by extraterrestrials and taken back to their home planet as part of an alien technology exchange program. Okay, that’s not true. She’s actually on vacation in Florida. Her column will return in a few weeks.

It’s frustrating, often takes up a lot of time and at certain times of the day is nearly impossible to do, especially when there’s a lot of construction taking place.
This, of course, is a reference to the experience of trying to find a parking space in downtown Tacoma.
It’s only a small step and certainly won’t solve all the rush hour related problems and limited space availability, but the Tacoma Parking Garage is expanding.
Work crews are busy adding two new levels to the existing six levels of the building, which is owned by the City of Tacoma, Simon/Johnson, LLC and Labor Ready.
The existing six levels provide 196,680- square- feet of space.
The $2.56 million project will add 69,420-square-feet of space with the additional two levels.
The work being done will require new painting of the additional levels, as well as areas affected by structural modifications that had to me made on other levels.
Absher Construction Company of Puyallup is the general contractor for the project.
The architect for the project is Burr Lawrence Rising + Bates, and the structural engineer is Putnam Collins Scott & Associates.
Other companies involved in with the garage’s expansion include Addison Construction, Amaya Electric, Plumbing Today, Coast to Coast, Concrete Technology, Division 5, Glacier Northwest, H-K Underground, Leewens Corporation, McDowell NW and Patriot Fire Protection.
Substantial completion of the building is scheduled for June 1.