Located in one of the campus’ busiest areas, the UW Husky Union Building (HUB) is a cornerstone of student life, housing student activities, food service, administrative offices, auditorium space, and more. Preservation of the building’s history was paramount, from the historic façade and 1949 Gothic arches to a 1950s mural and a subterranean bowling alley. The team excelled in addressing every unique condition and delivered a 21st century student life center.
Multiple earlier renovations of the building generated a mishmash of antiquated systems and a patchwork of programs, creating a way-finding nightmare. A central atrium once again became the organizational spine, connecting dining areas, entries, and primary meeting spaces. It also enhances ventilation and daylighting. Glass enclosed entries beckon students to engage in the revitalized student life center.
Glass and steel staircases seem to float between floors, connecting the grand lounge with fireplaces on the first floor to a food court, entertainment center, and informal gathering-studying areas above. Multi-tasking ballrooms can be reconfigured with the push of a button to create a large concert venue, and a 5,000-square-foot auditorium on the first floor can accommodate a variety of university or community functions. These gathering areas were reoriented to showcase views of the campus.
The project is LEED Gold certified and was recognized with an ACUI Facility Design Award of Excellence as well as an AIA Civic Design Award.
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Project Team: Owner: University of Washington / Architect: Perkins&Will / Civil & Structural Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen / General Contractor: Skanska USA Building / Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Affiliated Engineers, Inc / Landscape Designer: GGN
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