University of Washington, Life Sciences Building
Square Footage: 207,000
LEED: Targeting Gold certification
2016, Civic Design Award, AIA Washington Council
In visioning meetings with the University of Washington (UW) Department of Biology, the design concept of “science is a gateway + connections + engagement” was established and guided the holistic inside-out planning and design of the building and site. These core concepts enhanced the building’s relationship to the campus, students, faculty, and environment. Supporting the UW Biology’s mission, Perkins+Will’s integrated in-house planning and design team designed the Life Sciences Building to foster integration and collaboration between the faculty, students, staff, and community.
This design provides a gateway between the main and south campus and a connection between the other campus science buildings. A five-story glass atrium with communicating stair creates transparency and curiosity into this unique place of discovery and education. This edge building has a unique civic opportunity to connect with the campus and community by engaging with the Burke-Gilman Trail through the placement of the transparent greenhouses and a campus plaza that is a connector node for this trail and pedestrian bridge to south campus.