UW Tacoma Hood Corridor Project open house Oct. 18

The University of Washington Tacoma will hold an open house on Tues., Oct. 18 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Joy Building lobby to discuss the development of the Hood Corridor Project on-campus. The architectural firms Atelier Dreiseitl + SRG Partnership, Inc. will showcase some of the unique features of the Hood Corridor. Visitors are encouraged to share their insights on how UW Tacoma should develop the Hood Corridor. Light snacks will be provided. The Hood Corridor Project seeks to redevelop the portion of the Prairie Rail Line, that runs through the civic heart of the University of Washington Tacoma Campus, into an active, open space for the community. While responding to the industrial past surrounding the trail, the Project aims to honor the historical significance of the railroad terminus. According to UW Tacoma’s Web site, the project will create an accessible and safe campus connector with programmatic elements that include a multi?use trail, campus circulation, rain gardens, a utility corridor, interpretive elements, and places to gather. In addition, the project plans to incorporate sustainable strategies for storm water management. The Prairie Rail Line, completed in December 1873, is the terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The Hood Corridor is the original site of the Villard Station and the birthplace of New Tacoma. The track and tie placements remain unchanged and the grade of the rail line was determined by the locomotive called “Minnetonka.” UWT wishes to tribute the history of the Prairie Rail Line through the Hood Corridor Project. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/HoodCorridorDevelopment .