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UW Life Sciences Building - Seattle, WA

Architect: Perkins + Will Architects
General Contractor: Skanska USA Building
Completion: July 2018


Project Description:

The life sciences building is the new front door for the University of Washinton Biology Department, connecting the community with the nearby Burke-Gilman trail and attracting world-class researchers, all while meeting the demands of the growing student population. This project is designed to add nearly 169,000 square feet of research space housed in a five story structure, including two basement levels, all of which will provide state-of-the-art learning space for the largest major at UW. Mission Glass has been brought in for the early design to ensure that all the exterior glazing facades integrate seemlessly with the surrounding structure, as well as, provide the best value to the University. The project will consist primarily of a custom-designed unitized curtain wall system engineered by Kawneer to incorporate several key design features. One of these features is the vertical glass fins that consist of a translucent photovoltaic layer laminated between two pieces of glass. This PV glass, provided by Onyx Solar, provides shading, translucent finishes, and also contributes to renewable energy; three design elements that are difficult to achieve with typical PV solar panels. The south side of the building will incorporate floor-to-ceiling windows and glass to allow the space to be flooded with natural sunlight. All of these design features are intended to help the building achieve at least a LEED silver rating.