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Saturday Market Street Closure for Municipal Building Work

Market Street Closure for Municipal Energy Efficiency
May 12, 2014

Gwen Schuler, Media and Communications, gschuler@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5160
Carrie McCausland, Media and Communications, cmccausland@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2005

Saturday Market Street Closure for Municipal Building Work

On Saturday May 17, City of Tacoma contractors will close Market Street to through traffic from St. Helens Avenue to South 9th Street. The all-day closure is required to perform work that will lead to energy savings in the City of Tacoma Municipal Building. Local access to parking and pedestrian areas in the closure area may be delayed, yet access will be accommodated.

The City’s historic Municipal Building, built in 1930, is undergoing energy conservation measures to enhance the City’s sustainability efforts. Saturday’s work will remove a 40-year old rooftop heating/ventilating system and deliver a replacement heat recovery unit via a large, 550-ton crane. Pending weather delays, the 240 square foot heat recovery unit will be placed on the building’s roof.

The efficiency measures are anticipated to reduce energy use by 30 percent, saving an estimated $60,000 annually. More than 50 percent of the $1.1 million project will be funded by grants and utility rebates.