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University of Washington, Husky Union Building Renovation and Expansion

  • The University of Washington wanted a student union that encouraged campus community while celebrating environmental values. Skanska expanded the existing facade into an open, sustainable structure that integrated inside/outside areas and provided a flexible, welcoming space for students.
  • University of Washington Husky Union Building Renovation and Expansion
  • University of Washington Husky Union Building Renovation and Expansion
  • University of Washington Husky Union Building Renovation and Expansion
  • University of Washington Husky Union Building Renovation and Expansion
  • University of Washington Husky Union Building Renovation and Expansion
  • University of Washington Husky Union Building Renovation and Expansion
  • University of Washington Husky Union Building Renovation and Expansion
  • University of Washington Husky Union Building Renovation and Expansion

The Husky Union Building (HUB), renovated to include a new three-level atrium dotted with student lounges and informal meeting spaces, is the “heart and soul” of the University of Washington. Our work on the 276,465-SF HUB included significant seismic improvements to the aging structure, providing the team with many opportunities to share our collective renovation experience. This challenging project included a partial renovation of the sub-basement, basement and ground floors; opening up the interior structure on the first, second and third floors; seismic improvements involving new shear wall and diaphragm connections; new roofs and slate roof restoration; windows replacements; masonry restoration; and landscaping improvements around the entire building that encompass both hardscape and softscape. Specific elements of the HUB include student activities and student government, flexible auditorium and performance space, food service, bowling alley, book store and retail, bike shop, administration offices, meeting, conference and ballroom space. The project received LEED Gold certification. In addition, the HUB is located in the heart of campus, bordered by the busiest roads on campus and pedestrian thoroughfares. To maintain access for students and services to the neighboring buildings, our team developed a logistics and communications plan that addressed numerous stakeholders. Our plan helped to minimize disruption and allow the adjoining building to be in continuous operation. Completed on time and budget, the HUB, as a staple to the University, is once again a place for vibrant student activity. 

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