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City of Tacoma Facility Condition Assessment

City of Tacoma

Tacoma, Washington
700,000 SF
Facility Condition Assessment
Market Sector:
Facility Specialty:
Office Buildings and Facilities


MENG Analysis completed a condition assessment of city-owned buildings including condition, seismic, and inventory assessments of 49 facilities, totaling approximately 700,000 SF. The assessment reported the apparent conditions of specific facilities to assist the City of Tacoma in determining the magnitude and urgency of the maintenance repair backlog. The facilities included a city municipal complex, seven community centers, 25 fire stations, seven police stations, nine properties on the National Register of Historic Places, and 10 other facilities. The condition assessment surveys included on-site field surveys of architecture, site/civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical systems.


The surveys:

  • Reported the apparent conditions of City-owned facilities

  • Documented specific system deficiencies with photographs

  • Documented seismic evaluation of facilities with ASTM 31 checklist, including cost estimates for recommended seismic upgrades for a 10-year period

  • Provided project cost estimates to repair or replace identified deficiencies

  • Provided infrared scanning, tagging, and analysis of electrical panels for four facilities

  • Created a detailed inventory of all major equipment being maintained by the Department of Public Works


Our FCA for the City of Tacoma pioneered several innovative components of our current FCA approach. These were inspired by Department of Public Works staff and included:

  • Documentation of opportunities, such as energy efficiency, ADA accessibility improvements, and others.

  • Infrared thermography of electrical  panels.

  • Organization of FCA reports by functional division in the City (e.g., fire, police, administration).

  • Equipment inventory for the EMMS system.

  • The City Department of Public works then requested additional FCA services to evaluate City-owned parking garages and a standalone building at 30th Street.

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