MultiCare Rainier Tower


The Rainier Pavilion provides a state-of-the-art facility built to expand neonatal and neonatal intensive care at Tacoma General Hospital. The new eight-story, 125,320 square-foot facility will also house expanded labor and delivery facilities, general medical and surgical units and private NICU rooms. In order to utilize floor space most efficiently and create open exterior walls the lateral system was designed using side plate moment frames and buckling restrained braced frames. Life Safety Performance, Immediate Occupancy and Continuous Operation were critical for this facility. This led to the use of Performance Based Design utilizing a non-linear time history analysis which saved construction dollars and yielded a better performing, more cost effective building.