Puyallup Community Center



Status: Completed 2012/3; Phase 1/2
Type: Community Center, Office, Gymnasium, Educational, Hospitality

Resting on the banks of the Puyallup River sat the Puyallup Tribe’s Youth Center, a dilapidated structure painted bright yellow which most members would jokingly argue that it could be seen from outer space.

Capital Architects was brought on board to take this eye-catching building and expansive site and help the Tribe create a vibrant new campus for the youth and community.

“It’s going to look like a jewel box.”

  ~Ron Wrolson

Rather that demolish the existing yellow building, the structure was re-clad with a metal roof and beautiful cedar siding. The inside was completely overhauled – creating new classrooms, offices, a full commercial kitchen, upgraded restrooms and a large gathering space for community events.

Adjoining this building, a brand new gymnasium was constructed, complete with a high-school regulation basketball and volleyball courts. Amenities include locker rooms and a concession stand.