/ UW West Campus Residence Halls

Seattle, WA

/ UW West Campus Residence Halls

Seattle, WA

In light of capacity constraints and the need to remain competitive, the University of Washington added or replaced seven residence halls on its west campus. The University successfully used a Type V wood over Type I concrete building type for the first time thanks to the expertise of the design team. The wood frame provides flexibility, affordability, and long-term energy efficiency. A few key structural design elements set these facilities above other college dorms: a highly insulated envelope that benefited from advanced framing techniques and contributes to overall sustainability, as well as designing amenity spaces for future flexibility despite consisting of column-free concrete construction. Several buildings were designed to meet the AIA 2030 Challenge. Phase 1: Elm, Alder, and Poplar Halls and Cedar Apartments (1727 beds). Phase 2: Lander Hall (650 beds). Phase 3: Terry and Maple Halls (1100 beds).

/ Client

University of Washington

/ Size

609,600 SF, 1,650 Units

/ Team

Mahlum Architects, Mithun, W.G. Clark Construction Company, Walsh Construction Company

/ Recognition

LEED Gold
met AIA 2030 Challenge
AIA Seattle 2010 Honor Award Citation
AIA Seattle 2012 Honor Award
Golden Nugget 2012 Campus Housing Project Award of Merit
Woodworks 2013 US Wood Design Award
AIA NW and Pacific Region 2013 Citation Award
AGC 2013 Build Washington Award
AIA 2013 Civic Design
AIA 2013 Merit Design
American Society of Landscape Architects 2014 Merit Award
Seattle Design Commission 2014 Commission's Design Excellence Award