Construction is under way at UW-Bothell Phase 3

Rendering of UWB 3.  - Courtesy of THA Architecture
Rendering of UWB 3.
— image credit: Courtesy of THA Architecture

Construction has begun on the new $68 million University of Washington, Bothell Science and Academic Building, which is also known as UWB 3.  General contractor/construction manager Lease Crutcher Lewis has mobilized and begun work onsite. Construction 21 will take months, with scheduled completion in May 2014.

This is the first building to be constructed at the UW-Bothell campus in 10 years. The 74,000-square-foot building will house 11 science labs, several classrooms, gathering space, and a 200-person lecture hall. This will allow UW-Bothell to serve an additional 1,000 students each year, and graduate nearly 350 students annually into the work force.

More immediately, UWB 3 will yield 1,500 project and construction-related jobs.

With sustainability as a major focus, the construction team is targeting energy use of 30 percent better than a typical building of this type. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) will use a passive beam system, which will require substantially less energy and less maintenance than typical. Operable windows will provide an energy-free cooling and airflow option. Displacement ventilation will condition public assembly areas. Efficient lighting will include high-performance linear fluorescents, compact fluorescent downlights and LEDs. Daylight harvesting will automatically reduce artificial lighting as daylight allows.  Occupancy sensors will turn lights off in unoccupied spaces. The construction process will be sustainable as well, for example reducing paper by 75 percent through digital documents and online coordination. The team is targeting LEED Gold certification.

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