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University of Washington, Life Sciences Building

  • The University of Washington’s vision was to build a facility that allows the Department of Biology to meet undergraduate student demand. Skanska is working with UW to deliver the new LSB and associated greenhouse, which is designed to foster team-oriented science using flexible, modular lab spaces.
  • University of Washington, Life Sciences Building
  • University of Washington, Life Sciences Building
  • University of Washington, Life Sciences Building
  • University of Washington, Life Sciences Building
  • University of Washington, Life Sciences Building
  • University of Washington, Life Sciences Building

The Life Sciences Building (LSB), which is slated for completion in 2018, is designed to foster team-oriented science. The complex includes seven floors (two down/five up), a 191,000-SF research and teaching facility and a 15,000-SF research greenhouse. The research floors feature an open floor plan and flexible, modular spaces that can be adjusted to meet the evolving demands of biological teaching and research. Offices, lab benches, lab support and common-use spaces will be in close proximity, promoting the “unexpected synergies” that often result from informal encounters. The first floor will have an active open entry to the building at grade and include four research/teaching laboratories. The upper four floors are modular in design consisting of 10 research labs per floor with the procedural program on the north side, laboratories in the center and offices along the south bay. The two below-grade levels house growth chambers and research facilities. The greenhouse program is also integrated into the LSB and consists of research, teaching and collections.

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