EVERETT, Wash. – Sept. 27, 2019 – Washington State University Everett was recently honored by the American Institution of Architect’s Washington Council for excellence in a publicly funded project.
University officials received the award alongside the design-build team at the 2019 Civic Design Awards ceremony in Tacoma on Sept. 26. The recognition is for the campus’ 95,000 square foot home located near the heart of downtown Everett. Jurors select projects for recognition based on design excellence, innovation, performance and integration within the community.
Completed in 2017, the WSU Everett building boasts engineering and computer laboratories as well as a math and writing center and an array of office and study space. The facility, located at 915 North Broadway in Everett, was certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2018.
WSU Everett’s photovoltaic array of 300 solar panels generates around 10% of the building’s total expected annual energy needs. The building can also capture and harvest rainwater and uses heat generated from its data center throughout the building through a radiant floor system. A team of engineering students verified the expected sustainability credentials for their senior capstone project in 2018, presenting their findings to the design-build team that received this most recent award.
“The WSU Everett building is the gem of the Washington State University system,” Chancellor Paul Pitre said. “It was critical to WSU, our design-build team, legislators and this community that WSU Everett be a sustainable building that meets the highest standards, and be an attractive, welcoming addition to a quickly growing Everett skyline. WSU is thrilled with the work of SRG Architects, Hoffman Construction, OAC Services, McKinstry and our building management team.”
Since opening enrollment in the fall of 2012 with a mechanical engineering class of 20 students on the Everett Community College campus, WSU Everett has grown to nearly 300 students. WSU Everett offers several engineering degree programs as well as data analytics, hospitality business management, communication and organic and sustainable agriculture.