University of Washington Founders Hall — Seattle, WA
Fabricating Community Through Space
- 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.
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.
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