February 4, 2013
Allen Center wins DJC Building of the Year
The Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health at Washington State University won the DJC's second annual Building of the Year contest.
More than 35,000 votes were cast in a tight race that turned into the Apple Cup of the building world, with WSU's project getting 39 percent of the vote and University of Washington's Husky Union Building getting 36 percent. The tide turned for the WSU project after WSU News Center ran an article encouraging alumni, students and faculty to vote for Allen Center.
In third place, with 13 percent of the votes, was UW's Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building.
The Allen Center project team was led by ZGF Architects and Bouten Construction Co.
Go to here for a complete list of the winners and to see comments submitted by voters. All articles at djc.com will be unlocked today so that everyone can read about the projects.
A drawing for the Kindle Fire HD will be held today and the winner's name will be announced.
I haven't actually seen the newly-refurbished HUB, but I work in the Allen Center and while it isn't the most striking building from the exterior, it is truly a delightful building in which to work. Its walls of windows allow wonderful views of the beautiful Palouse or of the WSU campus. Its openness encourages interaction among students--both undergrad and grad, scientists, technicians, postdocs, and visitors. The conference rooms and offices were all very thoughtfully designed and are a pleasure to their users and occupants, and the interior design is somehow both cool and warm at the same time. I especially love the woodwork--the pressed bamboo cabinets and trim are simple and elegant, and the African motif of the woodwork enclosing the kitchenettes and the earthy colors of the walls are absolutely appropriate for a building that houses individuals intent upon improving global animal health. The Allen Center is truly deserving of this award!
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Mon Feb 4, 2013 2:16 pm
The vet school offers A+ service, Mr Allen was very generous in his donation.
Mon Feb 4, 2013 3:03 pm
Thank you to Paul Allen for his generous dohation to WSU!
Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:27 pm
Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:28 pm
It is wonderful that Paul Allen has given my university a thoughtfully inspired building. As a WSU alum living in greater Seattle, I appreciate even more what this gift is to our university.
Rebecca Hodge Strand
Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:40 pm