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Discovery Hall

Project Info

University of Washington, Bothell
74,600 sf
Completed 2014
LEED Gold (pending)

The new Discovery Hall science building accommodates the increasing program and enrollment capacity of the University. It serves as an academic hub for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs and houses classrooms and laboratories for chemistry, life science, physics, electrical engineering, software development and geographic information system.

As part of the design theme, “Science and Sustainability on Display,” the building includes scientific displays, art, and artifacts, as well as interactive dashboards that show energy use and sustainable building performance. Prominent places for collaboration and interdisciplinary learning are integrated throughout, as well as viewing windows into laboratory classrooms and prep labs.

Sustainability is a particular focus of the University and the design team. The building is oriented east-west for optimal solar control with the use of daylight, sunshades and light controls. Operable windows in the classrooms and offices increase occupants’ control. Chilled beams and displacement ventilation will further decrease energy use. One of the building’s most beautiful features is the celebration of the site’s stormwater, which can be seen and heard through a water runnel that cascades along the north side of the building, culminating in a water feature in the plaza and finalizing its journey in the wetlands.

Sustainable Design Highlights:
SCIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY ON DISPLAY

Discovery Hall – the newest building on the UW Bothell campus – reflects the University’s commitment to sustainable development. As part of the building’s design theme “Science and Sustainability on Display,” the building features scientific displays, art, and artifacts, as well as an interactive dashboard that shows energy use and building performance. Another signifi cant inspiration for the building design was the wooded site – and the building’s connection to nature is present inside and out, raising environmental awareness and contributing to building users’ well-being.

One of the building’s most beautiful features is the celebration of the site’s stormwater, which can be seen and heard through a water runnel that cascades along the north side of the building, culminating in a water feature in the plaza and finalizing its journey in the wetlands. Other sustainable highlights include:

SUSTAINABILITY:
  • East-west building orientation for optimal solar control
  • Use of daylight is optimized with sunshades and light controls
  • Operable windows in classrooms and offices
  • Reduced energy use through chilled beams and displacement ventilation
  • Stormwater management within the campus boundary
  • Recycled, reclaimed, and low-emitting materials
  • Awards
    Awards

     
    2015
    AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Merit Award
    2014
    AIA Portland Merit Award
    2014
    AIA Seattle Award of Merit
    2014
    COAA Project Leadership Silver Award
    2014
    ACG Build Washington Award