University of Washington Medicine, Lake Union, Phase II Research Complex
Square Footage: 256,000
Award of Merit in Design, 2012
ASLA, Washington State Chapter
Merit Award, 2011
AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Design Awards
Civic Design Honor Award, 2009
AIA Washington Council
Our collaboration with the university and Vulcan Real Estate Development began in 2002 with the development of a master plan for a new academic research complex in the historic South Lake Union district of Seattle. Since then, we have planned and designed three projects for the School of Medicine on this site. The phased 546,640 square foot complex covers two city blocks and unites biomedical laboratories, bioinformatics labs, genomics research, administrative offices and support space.
Programming and design is based directly on our deep understanding of the needs of the School of Medicine's principal investigators and researchers. The new buildings create a community for science promoting communication and interaction among faculty, staff and visitors. Central to this is a landscaped plaza joined with food service, conferencing and a visitor center.
Fields of research include biomedicine, genomics and bioinformatics. The modular labs are flexible, easily adapted for future research and to the specific needs of their principal investigators over time. Common spaces, conferencing and break areas on every floor are placed to encourage interaction and teaming among scientists and technicians. Designed using sustainable strategies, the labs are efficient, safe and green.