Energy-saving new lab limits parking to encourage cleaner transportation

As part of the effort to achieve the highest environmental designation possible for the Center for Urban Waters, Tacoma's new waterfront laboratory, officials have purposely limited the number of parking spaces at the building.

Limiting the parking is meant to encourage car-pooling, bicycling and walking when the building is completed sometime next spring. In a bit of foreshadowing, city officials had to arrange for shuttle buses to carry people to its groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, and his son David Dicks, executive director of the state’s Puget Sound Partnership, are among those expected to attend, along with Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma and other city officials.

The Center for Urban Waters is the long-planned multipurpose research facility that will house city laboratories, research space for the University of Washington Tacoma, and offices of the Puget Sound Partnership, the state agency charged with cleaning up Puget Sound.

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