Our design for Western Washington University’s Kaiser Borsari Hall is the Bronze Award recipient for the North American Region in the 2023 International Holcim Awards. The project is one of only two buildings in the U.S. to be recognized with a Holcim Award, and is the sole university building globally to be honored.
Established in 2004, the Holcim Awards competition honors projects that combine sustainable design and sustainable construction with architectural excellence. The judging criteria are based on the Holcim Foundation’s goals for sustainable construction: uplifting places, a healthy planet, viable economics, and thriving communities. Kaiser Borsari Hall aims to meet these goals, as it will be among the first higher education STEM facilities in the U.S. to track Zero Energy and Zero Carbon certification through the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).
By using a mass timber/CLT structure and designing to “smart building” standards as identified by the ILFI, the facility, which includes advanced battery technology to provide on-site energy storage, significantly advances Western Washington University’s vision to become Washington’s first carbon net-neutral university campus.
“The project design considers functionality and sustainability, successfully pushing boundaries for the integration of engineering systems and smart energy storage,” noted the jury. “The project team demonstrated a commendable approach to addressing these challenges, resulting in a well-executed solution able to set a new standard for future campus projects.”