Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings; built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings; built works - recreation areas and structures - gymnasiums

Designers: Affiliated Engineers NW, Incorporated (firm); BOORA Architects (firm); Bruce Dees and Associates, Landscape Architects (firm); Hoffman Construction Company (firm); KPFF Consulting Engineers (firm); Price, Robert B., Architect (firm); Reid Middleton, Incorporated, Civil and Structural Engineers (firm); Shannon and Wilson, Incorporated, Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants (firm); Sparling Electrical Engineering (firm); Stanley Boles (architect); Robert Billsbrough Price (architect)

Dates: constructed 1968

2 stories, total floor area: 300,000 sq. ft.

3924 Montlake Boulevard NE
University of Washington Campus, Seattle, WA 98195

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Building History

The Tacoma, WA-based firm of Robert Billsbrough Price and Associates designed the first section of the University of Washington's Intramural Activities Center (IMA). Completed in 1968, it was located on the site of a former refuse dump, on the shores of Lake Washington, just north of the Hec Edmundson Pavilion and Husky Stadium.

Due to a growing student body and an increased interest in fitness, the UW broke ground on 08/06/2001 for a 100,000-square-foot addition arrayed on four floors. BOORA Architects of Portland, OR, designed this $32.4 million athletic addition to the IMA, to the north and west of the original facility. The IMA opened to the UW community in the Fall of 2003.

Building Notes

The original IMA builidng contained 200,000 square feet of space that included a large swimming pool, four gymnasia, racket sports courts, locker rooms, and other specialized spaces.

The 2003 addition's first floor contained a large space filled with free weights, weight machines, cardio machines and many, many mirrors. The second floor contained a primary room containing cardio-vascular machines (stationary bicycles, elliptical machines, and treadmills), as well as weight machines and free weights, offices for physical therapists, a multipurpose fitness room, and a three-story climbing wall. The third floor contained two administrative suites, another multipurpose aerobics room, and a large multipurpose gym, that could be divided by a central curtain into two separate spaces. This gym space was open to the fourth level that contained an indoor running track, and spaces for weight-lifting equipment and cardio machines. Each floor, save for the second, contained a pair of restrooms; second floor restrooms were located within the perimeter of the old facility that was altered to make space for them.

The IMA was situated nearby to the Graves Building, also designed by Price's firm, housing UW athletics coaches and staff.

BOORA worked with the Hoffman Construction Company of Washington, the general contractor, KPFF Consulting Engineers, structural engineers, Reid Middleton, civil and structural engineers, Shannon and Wilson, Incorporated, geotechnical engineers, Affiliated Engineers, energy consultants, Sparling Technology Consulting, electrical engineers, and Bruce Dees and Associates, landscape architects with a specialty in athletic field design.


Changes were made to the 1968 facility when it was joined to the new 2003 facility. These included the addition of a new juice bar and the relocation of second-floor bathrooms. According to the Daily Journal of "The existing facility will receive an extensive 22,000-square-foot facelift and remodeling effort that will incorporate life safety upgrades and new finishes throughout the public areas to match those of the new addition. Finally, the 185,000-square-foot Recreational Sports Program Field No. 3 located immediately to the north of the existing IMA facility is being completely remodeled, with the three fields receiving a new synthetic sports surface, new field lighting system and new fencing for the fields and adjacent tennis courts." (See Benjamin Minnick, Daily Journal of, "Daily Journal of Commerce 2001 Washington State Top Public Projects: #8. UW IMA expansion," published 01/31/2002, accessed 12/18/2018.) Various intramural and club activities, such as flag football, rugby, and soccer used the Recreational Sports Program Field #3.

In 2018, two new sand volleyball courts were added between the 2003 IMA Addition and tennis courts.

PCAD id: 8654