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Beacon Center Renovation Project

Beacon Activity Center Improvements

415 S. 13th Street, Tacoma


Facility renovation is underway at Beacon Activity Center (415 South 13th Street) to address repair needs and make improvements to the space. This will enable the facility to function long-term as a Multi-Generational Center, serving as both a senior activity center and an overnight shelter for young adults, while providing some cross over services and activities between these groups. In an effort to minimize impacts to ongoing services at the facility, construction will be completed over several phases.

Phase 1 Improvements (Completed Spring 2022):

This project focused on priority needs to enhance the level of service at the facility. Improvements included:

  • The addition of gender-neutral and ADA compliant showers and restrooms (single occupancy) 
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Kitchen storage space 
  • Kitchenette 
  • Access modifications to the stage area (including wheelchair lift) 
  • Fire alarm system enhancements 
  • Security cameras 
  • Interior cosmetic upgrades (painting, floor refinishing) 
  • Re-roofing of the sloped roof and new furnishings  

In addition, as part of the Revitalizing Tacoma’s Brewery District project that is under construction, improvements will be made to the ADA parking on Fawcett Avenue adjacent to the facility.

Phase 2 Improvements (In Design, Construction anticipated 2023):

This project will focus on deferred repair and replacements, and modernization of building systems. Improvements to the exterior include new siding, paint, window replacements and re-roofing of the flat roofs. The building’s heating system will be upgraded to increase energy efficiency. Additional interior cosmetic upgrades will be completed and potential enhancement of building entrances.

Photos of Phase 1 Improvements

Main Community Room

Main Community Room used for overnight shelter sleeping areas. Existing floor was refinished, new paint and acoustic wall treatments were added. 

Main Community Room 2

Main Community Room facing the stage. An electrically powered ADA lift was added on the right side of the stage to provide independent access for those with mobility needs. 


Main Community Room 3

View of the stage area in the Main Community Room.

Main Community Room 4

View from the stage of the Main Community Room


This multipurpose lounge space received new flooring and paint 



Multipurpose Lounge Space facing the other direction.


Five shower restrooms were constructed to serve the public, especially those experiencing homelessness. Finishes were selected to be easily cleanable and stand the test of time. 



The new shower restrooms are single occupant and gender neutral.




View of the entrance to the individual bathrooms.


Eco-Friendly DrinkingFountain

Drinking fountain with bottle filling station encourages refilling of reusable water bottles and reducing landfill waste.



A laundry room, with commercial grade equipment, was added to serve the public, especially those experiencing homelessness. A larger size washer and dryer allows the Shelter Operator to clean large linen loads (towels, sheets, etc.) in-house. A smaller set is provided for laundering personal clothing.



Vicky McLaurin

(253) 591-5058