/ UW Husky Union Building (HUB) Modernization

Seattle, WA

/ UW Husky Union Building (HUB) Modernization

Seattle, WA

The HUB is a center for student activity on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus. First constructed in 1949, decades of wear and multiple expansions rendered the HUB outdated and difficult for students to navigate, necessitating a modernization of building systems and interiors. Our work included a complete seismic retrofit to mitigate deficiencies in both the capacity and distribution of the existing concrete shear walls. Additional work on the HUB’s interior included relocating one of the ballrooms, rebuilding the auditorium as a flexible multi-purpose space, and cutting new skylights and atriums into the upper levels of the main hallways. Our civil engineers reworked the area around the HUB to greatly improve pedestrian and ADA access to the building, as well as provide a visual amenity of the low impact stormwater treatment using a cascading rain garden that runs under the elevated ADA pathway.

/ Client

University of Washington

/ Size

260,000 SF, 0.33 Acres

/ Team

Perkins+Will, Skanska

/ Recognition

AIA 2013 "Civic Design Award," ACUI 2014 "Facility Design Award of Excellence"