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A Mass Timber Showcase and the Next Step in the Expansion of the Foster School of Business

Founders Hall

Hoffman led an integrated design-build team with the University of Washington and LMN Architects to expand the Foster School of Business with an 85,500 square foot building on the site of the existing MacKenzie Hall. The new building, Founders Hall, includes classrooms, program offices, research centers, career services offices, interaction spaces, event spaces, and amenity spaces to augment PACCAR and Dempsey Halls and support the School’s vision and goals.

The project continues the Foster School of Business’ success in attracting the best faculty, students, and staff; create space that is flexible and adaptable to meet the evolving needs of the Foster Business School; and celebrate and enhance distinctive campus open space and circulation patterns in this part of campus.

Contract Type

Progressive Design-Build


University of Washington


LMN Architects


Seattle, WA





2024 Wood in Architecture — WoodWorks Innovation Network

2023 Education Facility Design Award — AIA National

2023 Honorable Mention, Learning Category — Fast Company's Innovation by Design Awards

2023 Honorable Mention, Spaces and Places Category — Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards

2023 World Selections Finalist — Prix Versailles

2023 Honorable Mention, American Architecture Award — Chicago Athenaeum

2023 World's Most Beautiful Campus Laureate — Prix Versailles

2022 Distinguished Project Award for Public Projects Over $10M — NWCCC

2022 Award for Innovation and Achievement in Sustainability — NWCCC

Beautiful Five-Story Mass Timber Building
Woodworks Innovation Network — May 22, 2024

Sustainable Wood Buildings May Be the Next Frontier for Carbon Offsets
Bloomberg — May 31, 2023

LMN Architects Creates Mass-timber Business School for University of Washington
DEZEEN — November 18, 2022

First of its Kind. LMN Architects Completes University of Washington’s First Mass Timber Building
The Architect's Newspaper — October 31, 2022

Founders Hall – A Model for the Next Century of Campus Building
The Daily Journal of Commerce — October 27, 2022

UW Mass Timber Classroom Building on Track to Finish in 2022
Puget Sound Business Journal — May 17, 2021

Hoffman Takes Charge Ensuring Mass Timber Success

When the original supplier and installer of CLT for Founders Hall went out of business mid-project, Hoffman Construction and Hoffman Structures took on the challenge and completed the critical installation themselves.

Mass Timber Innovation

Founders Hall was constructed with cross-laminated timber, the state of the art in engineered wood that is healthy for people and the planet.

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The new facility is first building on the UW campus—and one of the first in the state—to incorporate CLT. There are tremendous performance advantages to CLT as a structural building material strong and rigid enough to replace steel and concrete.

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Hoffman Builds: Mass Timber

Building off decades of self‑perform structural experience and a commitment to our regional wood industry, Hoffman is a strong partner in delivering large‑scale mass timber projects.

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