The Center for Urban Waters is a 51,000-square-foot building housing City of Tacoma Environmental Services labs and offices, University of Washington Tacoma researchers and Puget Sound Partnership staff. This collaboration brings together environmental scientists, analysts, engineers and policymakers to develop and apply the best possible science to restoring and protecting Puget Sound.

This project is the result of years of work by many individuals and organizations, led by the Urban Waters Board of Directors, who dreamed of a premiere research center committed to developing solutions to the problems facing urban bay communities.

In launching construction, the Tacoma City Council aimed for a LEED® Platinum rating (v2.2), the highest possible designation under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building certification system.

Self-guided tour

A collection of publicly accessible interpretive signs are located around the site.  This is a free, family friendly activity!  Visit the Center for Urban Waters in-person, explore the labs, or take a virtual tour right now.

interpretive signage installed along sidewalk
Visitors will find ten publicly accessible interpretive signs on the Center for Urban Waters grounds.