Puyallup Longhouse Project

Team: Environmental Works Community Design CenterPuyallup Tribal Housing AuthorityMalsam Tsang Engineering CorporationHaozous EngineeringThomas Rengstorf & AssociatesEcotopeTravis, Fitzmaurice & Associates, Marpac Construction, Common Ground, O’Brien & Company

Location: Tacoma, Washington, Puyallup Tribal Reservation

Issues addressed:  Cultural Heritage, Affordable Housing, Strengthening Community, Alternative Energy, Environmental Sustainability

Project Description:  The Puyallup Longhouse was designed with the goal of creating a community center and beautiful, relevant and affordable housing for members of the Puyallup Tribe struggling with the challenges of increased urbanization, high unemployment, and low income.  The design embraces the tribe’s culture and follows the concept of traditional longhouses where family, friends, and community members interacted to perform daily activities such as singing, dancing, weaving, and carving.  Modern technologies supplemented the natural design strategy and led to homes that are much more energy efficient than current Washington State energy code.