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About STAR Center

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Funding for the new center was included as part of the Park Improvement Bond and adopted by voters in 2005 and additional funding of $2.2 million was provided through State funding. 

From ramped entries to the performance stage, to strategic equipment placement for ease in navigation for visitors in wheelchairs, the center provides a universally user-friendly experience throughout.

This is an important aspect of the center which is the new home for Metro Parks' Specialized Recreation program that for more than a half-century has served Tacoma and Pierce County residents who have cognitive or intellectual challenges.  

The center is also a pivotal resource for our Adaptive Recreation program. In 2009, Metro Parks was designated as an official Paralympic Sport Club.

Since that time, the Adaptive Recreation program  has continued to expand, offering greater competitive recreation opportunities for the many service men and women and vets with injuries living in our community. The proximity of the center to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and breadth of programming possibilities the site will offer, will make the center an ideal resource to serve those who have served our country.
project-status-iconSTAR Center HVAC Improvements
The scope of work includes HVAC improvements for the administration area, Tot Trek and Zip and Zoom.
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SERA Campus and Map
STAR Center is located on SERA Campus. This 75-acre campus is home to Gray Middle School, the Boys & Girls Club's Topping Hope Center and Metro Parks’ SERA athletic complex. 

The campus is designed to best serve the community by utilizing the space and programs offered on the site by:
  •     Metro Parks Tacoma
  •     Tacoma Public Schools
  •     Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound

The partnership between the three organizations has been a long-standing relationship, with the SERA Campus being the latest endeavor.
  Going Green - LEED Gold
STAR Center has earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

The center features sustainable strategies including natural storm drainage, ground source heat pumps, natural ventilation and natural daylighting, as well as recycled, rapidly renewable, and low-emitting materials.

Large detention ponds to the south of the building provide natural storm drainage and will include an interpretive nature path around the building and site.

What does "LEED Gold" mean?
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system.

It provides third-party verification that  a building was designed and built using methods that result in energy  savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor  environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to  their impacts.

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