- Project Name
- Interdisciplinary Sciences Building
100 21st St.
- Western Washington University
- Project Types
- Project Scope
- New Construction
- 56,000 sq. feet
- Year Completed
- Shared by
- Madeleine D'Angelo
Anthony Gianopoulos, Managing Principal
Ryan Bussard, Design Principal
Andy Clinch, Project Manager
Susan Clark, Senior Lab Planner
Tony DeEulio, Senior Project Architect
Janice Yeung, Project Architect
Emmy Phillips, Interior Designer
Peter Sydloski-Tesch, Project Designer
Structural Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen,Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen,Electrical Engineer: Affiliated Engineers,Plumbing Engineer: Affiliated Engineers,General Contractor: BNBuilders,Landscape Architect: The Berger Partnership,Audio-visual and Information Technology: The Sextant Group – NV5
- Project Status
- Room or Space
Entryway ,Outdoor ,Storage/Closets
FROM THE ARCHITECTS:
Next Gen STEM
The Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISB) at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. is envisioned to showcase a next generation STEM building. ISB is intentionally transparent inside and out, putting science and learning on display to inspire an interactive environment with active learning classrooms, teaching labs, and student collaboration areas. A communicating stair activates teamwork and collaboration throughout the building. All of this is done to help students connect with each other and faculty outside of class.
The ISB exterior cement-composite rain-screen cladding inspires a dramatic monolithic expression of two volumes twisting in the wind in response to the original and newer campus framework. Situated on a slope, the twisting volumes form a large, cantilevered expression that creates a protected outdoor area along the corridor while also framing a gateway from the sports and recreation campus district to the school’s main campus.
The building massing is sited as a knuckle with the bottom two floors twisted from the top two floors to create a central building on a hill that serves as the foundation of the school’s growing STEM district. Additional buildings can be added to the north and the south. On the north side of the building, wood rain-screen cladding warm ISB’s exterior, further binding it to the main campus. This is the only exterior accessible route from the south end of the campus, adding to its importance in the greater pedestrian network. A bridge also connects ISB to an existing biology building.
Nooksack and Sustainability
The building and site are important components of the campus ecosystem, educationally and environmentally, to connect people to place. Local ecological systems are expressed through a restored native forest, reused sandstone from the site, and a storm water feature with a vegetated site wall on the north side of the building. The trees displaced by the building were salvaged and re-used for stream restoration on the nearby Nooksack River and, in part, as seating along the pedestrian mall.
Sunshades allow natural light to reach deep into the building to collaboration zones and classrooms while also protecting from heat gain, a key design element in lowering the EUI. Within the building, the finish is clean and simple, with polished concrete floors linking a variety of learning spaces together. The green roof is a highly visual display of rainwater management and the importance of sustainability along with water channeled from the high roof to the natively planted bioswale on the north side of the building.
The project is pursuing a LEED Gold rating by targeting sustainable approaches, such as optimizing energy and water usage; reusing materials; reducing light pollution with dark night and low foot-candle lighting; encouraging alternative transportation with electric vehicle charging stations and access to public transportation; and diverting 85% of construction waste from landfills.