wsu tri-cities | bsel

a project with SRG Partnership | cooperative with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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Bioproducts research focuses on creating new products from agricultural waste, primarily from Washington’s burgeoning wine industry. While the Bioproducts program creates valuable products from ordinary waste, the 57,000 sf building features economic materials detailed in extraordinary ways.

To maximize a limited budget, Emily and the design team separated the classroom/office spaces from the labs, and created a distinct identity for each. The classrooms and offices are wrapped in metal panel on the exterior and finished with warm wood materials inside. The lab components are contained in utilitarian yet beautifully detailed stained concrete tilt-up panels. The layout accommodates spaces for spontaneous collaboration among students, faculty and scientists. Daylighting was carefully planned to illuminate the interiors and provide views while mitigating the intense environment of southwest Washington. | images courtesy SRG

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