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Beacon Center Renovation Project


Beacon Activity Center Renovation Project

After completing a feasibility study in late 2018, the City is excited to prepare for a renovation project at the Beacon Activity Center. The City currently has allocated $4.58 million in funding to renovate approximately 12,000 square feet. As the design and construction phases of the project proceed, the City will work to ensure appropriate funding is available, if costs increase.


The Beacon Activity Center provides activity spaces, meals and shelter during the day to our senior residents and at night to our young adults who are experiencing homelessness. The City is planning to engage with service providers, seniors, youth and young adults who use the services at the Beacon Activity Center to make the transition of services as smooth as possible during construction. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2020.


The Proposed Renovation

The City plans to pursue an option that would provide enhanced and separate entries and renovated program spaces for senior and youth and young adult services and remodeled shared spaces such as a kitchen and/or fitness area to enhance the experience of all participants.


The renovation will also address deferred repair and replacement needs including:

  • New Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning system
  • Upgraded electrical distribution
  • Fire protection enhancements
  • Upgraded plumbing
  • Exterior improvements such as a new roof and siding

The renovation supports the City’s goal of increasing shelter capacity by 2020 and reinforces the City’s commitment to providing safe gathering space and services for seniors.


Upcoming Stakeholder Meetings

The community is invited to learn more about the Beacon Center Renovation Project and share feedback with City and program staff about renovation plans. 


Meeting details:

January 16, 2020

5:30-7:30 PM 

Beacon Center (415 S 13th St., Tacoma, WA)


Previous stakeholder meeting presentations:

Project Plan and Timeline


Preliminary Programming

  • 25-30 young adult overnight beds (potential for 50) 
  • 35-50 youth/young adult day-use
  • 55 seniors day-use

The project will renovate approximately 12,000 square feet (SF) of existing space. The preliminary allocation is roughly:

  • ~6,500 SF: youth/young adult 
  • ~4,500 SF: senior services
  • ~1,000 SF: Shared space (Kitchen area, mechanical spaces) 

Anticipated Schedule


Beacon Center Schedule Image



Project Updates

In August 2019, the City received statements of qualifications for the Beacon Center Renovation, Architecture and Engineering services. Based on review of the qualifications and final interviews the City has selected Weddermann Architecture, PLLC of Tacoma, WA to provide design services for the renovation.


Senior Center Inquiries 

Vicky McLaurin

(253) 591-5058




Youth and Young Adult Inquiries

Erica Azcueta

(253) 591-5015