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April 4, 2011
The new $21.2 million Rainier Science and Technology Building at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood is designed to be interactive as a way to enhance learning.
The 70,000-square-foot building houses biological sciences, chemistry, earth science, physics, mathematics and engineering.
It also has an observatory and planetarium, classrooms, dry and wet labs, and exhibits.
Targeted to achieve LEED gold, the building is sited to take advantage of sun angles and wind direction, daylighting, natural ventilation, solar energy and water harvesting.
Three learning pods are separated by two winter gardens that provide informal learning spaces. Green roofs allow students to compare water quality differences between buildings.
Owner: Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Lakewood
Design architect: Opsis Architecture, Portland
Executive architect: MSGS Architects, Olympia
Contractor: Aldrich and Associates, Lakewood
Structural engineer: PCS Structural Solutions, Seattle
Electrical engineer: BCE Engineers, Fife
Mechanical engineer: Stantec Consulting Services, Seattle
Civil engineer and landscape architecture: AHBL, Seattle
Acoustician: Sparling, Seattle
Lab designer: Research Facilities Design, San Diego
Artist: John Rogers, Spokane
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