Metro Parks Tacoma

Conservatory Improvements Overview

In 2005, Metro Parks, the City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission and the community agreed on a long-term plan to secure Wright Park’s status as one of the Puget Sound region’s signature parks.

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory was a top priority.
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After more than a century of use, the Victorian-style structure needs system and structural upgrades and additional space for botanical displays and interpretation.
 

Construction Photos and Schematic Designs

On Nov. 17, 2017, workers removed glazing, framing and a concrete wall as part of renovations that include new restrooms opening next year inside the historic structure.

The Conservatory remains open and there are several fun holiday events happening in December! Learn more about holiday events.

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(Click here to view schematic images in a pdf)

Conservatory Improvements - Open House 7-21-16

Public Process and Community Input
In late 2015, Metro Parks unveiled initial schematic design options to restore and expand the conservatory. The public process included about 300 surveys and numerous comments during public meetings and presentations.

Final Design
After extensive community input, final schematic drawings were unveiled July 21, 2016. Metro Parks has funding for rehabilitation, although further funding will have to be identified for the full designs to be completed. See the possible phasing in the drawings below.

The scope of work includes:

STRUCTURAL: UPGRADE TO ‘LIFE SAFETY’ PERFORMANCE LEVEL

  • Weld double angles to existing plate columns at grids 6,8
  • Stiffen primary steel framing at wings
  • Horizontal steel tension x bracing at wing roofs
  • Vertical steel tension x bracing at wing walls
  • Reinforce welds at existing rotunda tension bracing
  • Repair/replace steel beam in basement mechanical room
  • Repair crack in basement concrete wall
  • Repair exposed reinforcing steel in slab above mechanical room

ACCESS: UPGRADE SITE AND BUILDING ACCESSIBILITY COMPONENTS

  • Provide accessible bathrooms, improve accessible route to building

PROGRAM: RESTORE ORIGINAL USE OF SPACE

  • Remove gift shop/office from south wing, restore to plant display

         
SYSTEMS: UPGRADE/REPLACE EXISTING BUILDING SYSTEMS

  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Lighting replacement

ENVELOPE: (TYPICAL) PERIODIC MAINTENANCE OF ENVELOPE COMPONENTS

  • Wood: repair, paint
  • Steel: repair corroded members, paint
  • Glazing: repair damaged panels, clean, reseal
  • Foundation: remove plantings directly adjacent to building, regrade for positive drainage
  • Gutters: restore at eaves of wings, connect to storm
  • Vents: restore in concrete stem wall.  Add dampers to control air flow

RESTORATION: HISTORICAL ELEMENTS

  • Historical facades
  • Copper gutters, storm drainage


project-status-iconW.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory Restoration and Expansion
Project includes renovation and expansion of the conservatory.
 

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View the 2005 Wright Park
Master Plan >

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