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January 22, 2018

UW Nanoengineering and Sciences Building

The University of Washington's five-story, 78,000-square-foot Nanoengineering and Sciences Building is the second phase of a 168,000-square-foot complex.

The $87.8 million building will house the new UW Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems. It shares a courtyard connecting it with the first phase: the 90,000-square-foot Molecular Engineering and Sciences Building, which was completed in 2012.

The two-phase project accommodates growth in the molecular engineering and nanoengineering fields.

The Nanoengineering and Sciences Building accommodates students and faculty in a variety of nanoengineering disciplines, including energy, materials science, computation and medicine.

The first-floor learning center addresses students' needs both before and after class. The furniture in the large space can be configured in multiple ways for a variety of group settings. Booths can be made larger or smaller. There are also tables for two, and a bar along a glass wall that offers individual seating.

The research labs were designed so that as the equipment, research and faculty change the spaces can support and morph as needed. The lab benches allow for equipment to be moved into and out of the lab spaces easily.

The outdoor public space and extended pedestrian pathways help with wayfinding and add connections to other parts of the campus and the community.

Owner: University of Washington

Architect: ZGF Architects

General contractor: Hoffman Construction

MEP engineer: AEI

Landscape architecture: Site Workshop

Lab planning: Research Facilities Design

Graphics, wayfinding signage: Studio SC


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