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  Gates Hall

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July 24, 2003
Project team

Owner:
University of Washington, Seattle
Executive architect:
Mahlum Architects, Seattle

Design architect:
Kohn Pedersen Fox, New York

General contractor/construction manager:
Lease Crutcher Lewis, Seattle

Structural/civil engineer:
Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle

Mechanical engineer:
CBG Consulting Engineers, Portland

Electrical engineer:
Sparling, Seattle

Lighting engineer:
Candela, Seattle

Landscape architect:
Murase Associates, Seattle

Acoustical engineer:
The Greenbusch Group, Seattle

Testing and inspections:
Mayes Testing Engineers, Everett
Geotechnical engineer:
GeoEngineers, Seattle


Gates Hall


interior


Feature Stories

"Wired to the hilt,"
Communication tools add versatility to classrooms
By JOE LEGER
and MICHAEL SHAFER,
Sparling


"Gates Hall gets a test drive,"
Commissioning process ensures all systems are go
By STEVE EIRSCHELE,
Lease Crutcher Lewis


"High-tech design ushers UW Law into 21st century,"
The law school looks to lead the design and delivery
of legal and professional education.

By W.H. KNIGHT JR.,
UW School of Law


"Law school joins the campus core,"
Architects seize chance to create a ‘distinctive presence’
By GREGORY CLEMENT
and GERALD REIFERT,
Special to the Journal

Fast facts

Location:
Northeast 43rd Street & 15th Avenue Northeast, Seattle

Cost:
$80 million

Size:
196,000 square feet

Groundbreaking:
May 4, 2001

Public opening:
Sept. 12

About the name:
Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, donated $12 million to the law school, making the Gateses the largest private contributor to the project. William H. Gates Sr., for whom the building is named, is a retired partner of the Seattle law firm Preston Gates & Ellis.



exterior details
Design details

William H. Gates Hall replaces Condon Hall as the home of the University of Washington School of Law. Some of the building’s features include:

Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library: Located on floors L1 and L2, the law library includes a 10,000-square-foot reading room and 40,000 square feet of library stacks. Eighteen-foot-tall skylights help illuminate the reading room. Computer terminals are located near the library’s entrance for quick access, and most of the collection is open stack.

Classrooms: Located on the first two floors, the classrooms feature wireless Internet access, “smart podiums” capable of supporting a wide variety instruction technology, voice enhancement systems and video-conferencing technology. Spaces include a 170-seat classroom designed to function as a trial court, as well as seminar rooms and law clinics.

Amenities: Students have access to a 28-person computer lab on the second floor, a remote learning lab and 12 group study rooms. Remote Internet access is available throughout the building and on its outdoor terrace. Other amenities include a coffee shop, a student-only lounge in the library and showers.


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