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Cutting‑Edge Research Labs Built Seamlessly in the Heart of an Occupied Campus

UW Nanoengineering and Sciences Building

This 78,000 SF research lab is adjacent and connected to the Molecular Engineering Building, also built by Hoffman as part of a two-phase addition of critical research space for the UW College of Engineering. Cutting-edge research labs paired with collaboration and classroom space allow students and researchers to explore critical interdisciplinary research for ensuring future economic, environmental, and medical health.

The sophisticated research building includes buildout of space for the school’s future vibration- and EMI-sensitive program. Construction required exterior facade demolition of an occupied building and took place right off the busy east entrance to the UW campus without disrupting university operations. Thousands of students passed around the jobsite each day, and deliveries and trucking had to be timed around classes to safely transport materials to the site. Fifty percent of the six-story building is naturally ventilated. The building is certified LEED Silver.

Contract Type

CMGC

Client

University of Washington

Architect

ZGF Architects

Location

Seattle, WA

Year

2017

Price

$69,400,000

Sustainability

LEED Silver

Awards

2017 Building of the Year Honorable Mention — DJC

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