The new College of Arts and Sciences Life Sciences Building (LSB) is a six story, 210,000 square foot facility for students and faculty of the Department of Biology. Inspired by the subject matter, the building structure and interior were thoughtfully designed to symbolize the natural environment surrounding the campus. Complete with a 20,000 square foot greenhouse on site, the facility boasts dedicated spaces for research teaching labs, collaborative meeting areas, and faculty offices.
Perkins+Will Designer Shanni Hanein shared:
“One of our big design concepts was merging nature with technology as our site is nestled between large cedars to the north and a very active road to the south. One of the ways we did this was by providing four main North|South axis views throughout the upper floors. At these North|South axes, we designated it by using the gradient carpet pattern in the offices as well as the accent bio-based tiles in the labs.”
Shades of blue, green, and natural gray Milliken Lyceum carpet tiles were selected to accomplish this design concept in collaborative spaces and research offices. Armstrong BBT was installed throughout the 2nd-5th floor science labs further dividing the space and accomplishing the North|South divide. The entire project is targeting a LEED Gold Certification and every design element was thoughtfully curated with the highest standard of environmental stewardship. Most notably, the elevator lobby facade is encased by 150-foot-tall Douglas firs that match the height of the elevator core and building itself. The 115-year-old trees were harvested from University of Washington professor Scott Freeman and his wife Susan Leopold Freeman's conservation property on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.