University Of Washington School Of Medicine’s South Lake Union Campus Designed By Perkins+Will
Completion of New Phase 3.1 Adds to Neighborhood’s Reputation as Research Hub
SEATTLE, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Seattle office of global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will adds to its work on the University of Washington’s (UW) School of Medicine with the completion of phase 3.1. The newest phase of the project was designed to complement adjacent phases one and two in the UW complex, integrating an 183,000 square foot research facility of laboratories and offices that will house more than 400 employees.
“We designed Phases one, two, and three to enhance the vision of the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, by creating spaces that encourage productivity, collaboration and inspiration,” said Anthony Gianopoulos, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Managing Principal of Perkins+Will. “We wanted to strengthen the connectivity of UW students with the scientific community in South Lake Union and the greater Seattle area.”
From the outside, the most striking feature of the project is the undulating glass curtain wall, designed to create visual interest and tie the current phase to the next one which will have a similar curtain wall facing a shared courtyard. As expected from Perkins+Will the project also includes sustainable features, including a cistern to capture and store rainwater to irrigate plants in the open plaza. The plants themselves will aid natural cooling systems with shady vegetation. Additionally, the building’s energy-efficient design includes: high-efficiency boilers, a heat recovery chiller, exhaust air energy recovery and improved lighting controls.
The new state-of-the-art medical research campus is intended to attract and retain skilled professionals in the South Lake Union hub. Phase 3.1 deploys advanced medical equipment and houses modern facilities, arming researchers with the tools necessary to address critical health issues, including specific targeted practices in: Immunology, Rheumatology, Kidney Research, Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases, and Vision Sciences.
“Collaboration is key at UW Medicine and the design team really listened to the faculty as they described what they felt would be optimal for collaboration. Everything from the labs to the office space, to the community/public space was designed to encourage team-work and collaboration,” said Dr. John Slattery, Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education.
The Perkins+Will team included Anthony Gianopoulos, Managing Principal/PM; Tully Shelley and Raymond Beets, Lab Planning Principals, Doug Streeter, Design Principal, Andy Clinch, Project Designer; Larry Leland and Carsten Stinn, Project Architects; and staff members Erin Fuji, Kelly Schnell, Alex Clinton, Dianna Choi, Megan Magraw, Danielle Doeringsfeld, Kathryn Martenson, and Sara Robinson.
There are two more buildings in store for the UW School of Medicine in South Lake Union, (including phases 3.2 and 3.3) totaling about 359,000 square feet could be built later on the same block, bringing the entire UW Medicine South Lake Union campus to 900,000 square feet.
Since its inception in 2004, Perkins+Will’s 50-person Seattle office has collaborated with many of the region’s premier public and private clients on projects that have accommodated a wide range of programmatic and design aspirations. The Seattle office has been the recipient of multiple awards for design excellence, most recently the 2013 AIA Civic Design Honor Award for the modernization of the Husky Union Building at the University of Washington. For more information about the Seattle office, visit http://www.perkinswill.com/offices/seattle.html.
Established in 1935, Perkins+Will is a global interdisciplinary architecture and design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance society. With a staff of 1,500 in 22 locations worldwide, the firm serves clients across a broad range of project types and grounds its work in deep research. Perkins+Will ranks among the world’s top design firms and is the recipient of hundreds of awards. Social responsibility is fundamental to the firm’s outlook, work, and culture, and every year Perkins+Will donates one percent of its design services to non-profit organizations. With pioneering tools to advance sustainable design practices, the largest green building portfolio in North America, nearly 1,000 LEED® Accredited Professionals, and a commitment to the 2030 Challenge, Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry’s preeminent sustainable design firms. For more information, visit www.perkinswill.com.