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July 23, 2020
Seattle Children’s Research Institute Building Cure
Contractor: Western Partitions
Architects: Aedas, Flad Architects
Team: International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Foundation Building Materials, GTS Interior Supply, Armstrong World Industries, CEMCO, CertainTeed Gypsum, Hamilton Drywall Products, HILTI, USG Building Systems
Building Cure is a 17-story, LEED Gold-certified research facility expansion campus for Children’s Hospital and the Seattle Children’s Research Institute. The building’s main function will be to facilitate research for pediatric medicine.
The facility has many one-of-a-kind spaces such as multiple laboratories, an auditorium, meeting rooms, and office spaces for a workforce of about 1,900. One of the highlights is the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) space called the Cure Factory, which is designed to focus on transforming laboratory discoveries into viable treatments for childhood diseases. The Science Discovery Lab is a next-generation science classroom to encourage high school students to pursue STEM careers. An auditorium with tiered seating for up to 225 people hosts groups for education and scientific dialogue purposes.
An impressive amount of state-of-the-art MEP was installed in the access floors above the laboratory research areas, the therapeutic cell-production-core and clean-room facilities. To overcome these challenges, WPI combined comprehensive preplanning, structural engineering, and in-house BIM services to assist with the construction.
With over 2,500 design clarifications and changes as well as high-quality and intricate finish details precise installation of wall and ceiling substrates was required. A collaborative design-review process resulted in an advanced medical facility that will play an active part in saving children’s lives for years to come.
Judges’ comment: “The team at Western Partitions used state-of-the-art building information modeling to coordinate construction of the infrastructure for a myriad of MEP systems for an extremely complex facility. The quality of the work is superb.”