Bay Terrace Phase I Housing, Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma Housing Authority


4.6 acres
174,306 gross sf
144 units
Completed in 2014


Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture

Leadership Team:

Jeff Foster,  Kimberly Frank, Marieke Lacasse


Affordable Housing

"We set out to reinvigorate and create new neighborhoods at [Bay Terrace], are thrilled with the results, and are appreciative of the work of GGLO and their team."

Steve Clair, Tacoma Housing Authority

In 2009 the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) began exploring options to revitalize the aged and distressed housing at the 2500 and 1800 blocks of Hillside Terrace. Now called Bay Terrace, GGLO’s redevelopment design consists of 140 new homes and a mix of townhouses with the goal of transforming these blocks into a community of high quality, healthy and environmentally friendly homes.

The unit types include 1 to 3 bedroom units as well as courtyards, community gardens and common open spaces integrated throughout the site. The project will be broken into two phases. Phase I consists of 70 units of approximately 86,453sf, and Phase II consists of 70 units of approximately 87,853sf.

The Bay Terrace development pursued individual LEED certifications for each of the project types within the 2500 block of Court G in Tacoma’s Hilltop Community. Phase I Housing includes a mid-rise building with 54 units, and five low-rise buildings that consist of 16 townhome & flat units. The mid-rise building is certified LEED Silver for New Construction while the low-rise Bay Terrace townhomes & flats were awarded LEED® Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes Rating System in 2014.

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Lowrise homes - LEED® for Homes Gold
Midrise homes - LEED® for New Construction
potential utility cost savings for midrise building


LEED® Gold for Townhomes + Flats – LEED for Homes

LEED® Silver for Mid-Rise – LEED for New Construction