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May 24, 2013

Washington State University Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building

Photo by Lara Swimmer Photography [enlarge]
The building serves as the front door to WSU’s Research and Education Complex.

Location: Pullman

Architect: SRG Partnership

Agency/owner: Washington State University

General contractor: Lydig Construction


The Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building at Washington State University introduces a major front door to the emerging six-building, 750,000-square-foot Research and Education Complex. The building brings the physiology and neuroscience research programs under one roof and provides flexible research space for related disciplines. Work environments emphasize connectivity, natural light, views and interaction.

The public spine contains diverse shared spaces for a variety of activities, plus stairs, elevators and support functions. Primary gathering spaces complement the resources of adjoining buildings, promoting a conscious movement of researchers and staff between facilities. The building’s signature two-story Science Forum, designed to draw researchers from other buildings, serves as a central meeting place, encouraging both informal gatherings and scheduled research presentations.

Operationally, the building contains highly efficient mechanical systems designed to perform almost 40 percent better than similar research buildings. An “energy use intensity” of 220 is targeted, excluding any renewable energy offsets.

Jury comment: “This is a dramatic project and is a striking presence on the WSU campus. The interiors of this project are the most interesting design-wise. There is character to how the interior walls are arranged in the rooms, and the wood columns, screens and benches are really nice.”


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