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WSU University Center Expands Higher Education in North Puget Sound Region, Washington by SRG Partnership, Inc.

 
April 2nd, 2018 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: v2com 

Designed by SRG Partnership, the 95,000 sf Washington State University (WSU) Everett University Center is the first building of a new branch university campus which dramatically expands access to higher education in the North Puget Sound region with concentrations in science, technology, engineering and math.

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  • Architects: SRG Partnership, Inc.
  • Project: WSU University Center Expands Higher Education
  • Location: North Puget Sound Region, Everett, Washington, USA
  • Photography: Benjamin Benschneider
  • Client: Washington State University
  • General Contractor: Hoffman
  • Construction Company: MEP Engineer— McKinstry
  • Structural Engineer: — KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Landscape Architect: — Site Workshop
  • Project End Date: August 2017

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

The Innovation Forum is the heart of the building—a four-story atrium linking major entry points and providing access to the full range of activities within. Serving as an “interior street,” the Forum is fronted by key student support elements with multiple “storefronts” for student services, a tiered lecture hall, a media-rich classroom, and the Capstone Studio, an upper-division lab providing students and industry partners a place for invention and innovation.

Replacing 80,000 sf of impervious asphalt, the new pedestrian-scaled landscaping includes seating pockets that foster social interactions and low-impact raingardens for stormwater infiltration. A below-grade cistern captures rain fall from the roof and reusing it for toilet flushing and irrigation, Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

The focal point of the Innovation Forum is the cantilevered wood stair. Crafted locally with regional materials, the wood stair is both a reference to the history of the Pacific Northwest timber industry and a statement of modern engineering, combining renewable resources, creative ambition, and advanced manufacturing technologies.

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

The University Center building sets a high bar for energy performance and will serve as a baseline for future campus development. The exterior envelope has been designed to perform 10% better than state energy code, with a 25% improvement in air barrier performance. A VRF system is used throughout the classroom and office spaces. Natural cooling and ventilation, coupled with a radiant floor, support the central commons. Heat energy harvested from the building’s data center is used in the hydronic floor system. A cornice of photovoltaic panels provides on-site energy generation as an integrated part of the architectural expression.

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

The innovative design of the University Center references the character of WSU’s home campus in Pullman, WA, while at the same time establishing its own unique identity and setting a precedent for future university development in the North Puget Sound.

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

Created with regional materials by regional craftspersons, the wood stair is both a reference to the history of the Pacific Northwest timber industry and a statement of modern engineering, combining renewable resources, creative ambition, and advanced manufacturing technologies, Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

About SRG

SRG Partnership, Inc. is an award-winning design firm providing full services in programming, planning, architecture and interior design from offices in Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA. Founded in 1972, SRG is nationally recognized for its research-based design and innovation in sustainability, embodied in projects spanning higher education, science & technology, civic & cultural, athletic facilities and health care. In a collaborative effort, SRG and Portland State University School of Architecture’s Diversion Studio were recipients of the Design for Good 2017 Gray Award for the Treeline Village project.

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

The project’s overarching goal is to promote exploration and discovery at the highest levels. In this open space, impromptu encounters and conversations are encouraged and student work is displayed in the engineering labs, Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

The University Center building sets a high bar for energy performance and will serve as a baseline for future campus development. A large array of photovoltaic panels at the roof is dramatically exposed as the building’s cornice, cantilevering beyond the south façade, Image Courtesy © Benjamin Benschneider

Image Courtesy © SRG Partnership, Inc.

Image Courtesy © SRG Partnership, Inc.

Image Courtesy © SRG Partnership, Inc.

Image Courtesy © SRG Partnership, Inc.

Image Courtesy © SRG Partnership, Inc.

Image Courtesy © SRG Partnership, Inc.

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