Sciences Building Addition & Renovation Pre-Design

Project Info

Western Washington University
Bellingham, Washington

The renovation and addition to Western Washington University’s Environmental Studies Center (ESC) aims to create new STEM learning spaces that are themselves a study in environmental efficiency.

An overhaul of the existing ESC building will improve safety and accessibility, and bring the building systems up to LEED Gold standards for efficiency. Driven by the need for more space to accommodate growing science fields and a burgeoning body of faculty and students, the design will modernize existing laboratory spaces; create all new state-of-the-art labs to support contemporary research and teaching practices; and address the need for more comfortable collaborative spaces for students and instructors.

The renovation and the new addition to the ESC will address WWU’s need to make the most efficient use of their existing space and resources, and the design reflects their desire to maximize the quality and quantity of the teaching and learning spaces for their burgeoning STEM departments.

Hacker completed the Pre-Design study and report for this project together with RMC Architects.