University of Washington, Husky Union Building
Square Footage: 290,000
The Husky Union Building (HUB) has been the “heart and soul” of the University of Washington for over 60 years. It is a much-loved building and the keeper of many traditions and institutional memories.
Our goals for this major expansion and renovation project were clear: pay tribute to past generations, while creating a more spacious and revitalized center; plan for future generations; design space that fosters engagement and community; establish a strong visual and physical connection to the campus.
The new HUB unites a virtually new and contemporary five-story building around a new three-level atrium, connecting to the historic west facade. The atrium is a major focal point on campus, animated by stairs, student lounges, and informal meeting spaces. Program elements include: spaces for student activities and student government; a food court, bowling alley, book store, and bike shop; two ballrooms reoriented to offer views of the Cascades; and a wood-paneled “lyceum,” which provides flexible space for films, lectures, receptions, and concerts.
Students view the new HUB as an opportunity to pass on a legacy of environmental stewardship to future generations of students. Green strategies include: sustainably-sourced wood throughout the building, a storm water filtration bio-swale, salvaged materials, and a heat-recovery system that draws from the campus chilled-water system.