UW - Founders Hall — Seattle, WA

UW Mass Timber for Business Leaders

University of Washington Founders Hall Holmes US
96,000 SF
LMN Architects
Hoffman Construction Company

Founders Hall rises to house the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. The six-story mass timber building provides instructional, academic and administrative spaces, including classrooms, offices, team rooms, workshop space and large common areas. In order to create a greater sense of community, Founders Hall is thoughtfully nestled into a major gateway through the campus, making is a key space of connection to the rest of campus. Holmes conducted full code consulting on Founders Hall through a Design-Build delivery method.

UW Founders Hall Holmes
UW Founders Hall Interior Holmes US

In order to extend the mass timber element of the building higher than four-stories, the project team designed a concrete core structure to hold all assembly spaces and large meetings rooms, with a mass timber structure surrounding the core. A faux atrium connects the assembly space: Holmes’ code consulting avoided costly smoke control requirements for a traditional atrium classification. The opening connects various building programming, a key goal of the University of Washington.

Additionally, Holmes assisted with the fire resistance requirements for the mass timber elements of the building.

UW Founders Hall Interior Holmes US
UW Founders Hall Interior Holmes US

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