By: dgardner

Rush starts Proctor Square in Tacoma

Daily Journal of Commerce
August 1, 2014
By Journal Staff

Rush Commercial Construction broke ground last month on the $20 million Proctor Square project in North Tacoma for its parent, The Rush Companies. The site is adjacent to Mason Middle School, at North Proctor and 28th streets.

Crews recently started the foundation for the 151-unit apartment building that will have 11,300 square feet of street-level retail space along with a two-level garage for 169 cars. The building will be five stories of wood-frame above two stories of concrete. Six levels will be above ground.

Devin Page, vice president of Rush Commercial, said construction will be coming out of the ground in a few weeks and the project is on schedule to open in 16 months.

Rush and Tacoma architect BCRA took about six months for pre-construction, which allowed the team to keep the budget on track from conceptual drawings to construction drawings.

The 201,650-square-foot building will be 60 percent one-bedroom units and an equal mix of studios and two-bedroom units. Apartments will range from 489 to 1,278 square feet and rent from $1,000 to $1,900 a month.

Page said they have “quite a bit of interest” in the retail space, although no tenants have signed.

Rush Properties, a sister company, is handling leasing for both the apartments and retail.

Prior to construction, Rush allowed the Tacoma Fire Department to use three houses and one small commercial building on the site for training. Page said firefighters practiced rescue techniques and knocked down walls, but didn't burn any of the structures. Afterwards, Rush demolished the remains.

Hilltop Concrete is working on the foundation and T. Barger Dirtworks is doing the excavation and site utilities. Design-build subcontractors include Cornell Plumbing and Sprinx Fire Protection.

The project is the largest in the 27-year history of The Rush Companies.

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