Large employer announces it’s leaving Tacoma

Credit: Tacoma News Tribune, Kate Martin

A major employer in Tacoma’s downtown announced Thursday that it will move its remaining 500 employees to Federal Way in four years.

DaVita, a Fortune 500 company specializing in kidney dialysis, will move its remaining workforce once it builds an office building next to an existing structure that houses 500 workers, said Jim Hilger, DaVita chief accounting officer.

The company will vacate a 10-story tower in the heart of Tacoma’s downtown, at Pacific Avenue and South 15th Street. DaVita occupies all 96,000 square feet of the Peter Sandberg Building.