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March 12, 2018
The Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center sits prominently at the main entry to the Washington State University Pullman campus.
The $12 million, 16,000-square-foot design-build project was completed last year. It was designed to celebrate diversity, with four "cultural knowledge rooms" for educational forums that explore both the individuality and interconnectedness of cultures. There is an art gallery, a living room gathering space, demonstration kitchen and a meditation area.
Indoor-outdoor celebration spaces are joined by patterned paving. Transparent operable walls are covered by a wavy roof that is evocative of the Palouse and pays homage to the region's heritage.
The project was awarded the ACEC of Washington's 2017 silver award for complexity, and is expected to achieve LEED silver certification.
Owner: Washington State University
Contractor: Absher Construction
Architect, interior designer, landscape architect: GGLO
Civil engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Mechanical engineer: MW Consulting Engineers
Structural engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
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