Tacoma Goodwill Milgard Work Opportunity Center
J & S Masonry, Inc.
Architect: Contacts Without Company
The new Milgard Work Opportunity Center at Tacoma Goodwill combines a Youth Career Center and an Adult Work Opportunity Center with Goodwill's new administrative headquarters. The facility was designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification. Brick masonry was selected as the primary exterior cladding material for this project and is used to wrap the body of the building, while concrete is used for the base and metal siding to compliment the top floor and entrances. This combination enabled the design to take advantage of the brick's natural color and its ability to blend with the existing environment. As seen on this building, brick can be used in both a modern and historic form as a low maintenance and long-lasting, durable material. The use of brick veneer also allows for flexibility in the cladding system that easily accommodates a variety of window opening sizes in ways other materials cannot.