USGBC LEED Completed Certified Project
Benjamin Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building
LEED-CS v1.0 - Gold Rating Awarded
The Benjamin D. Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building - Successes
- GOLD LEED-CS Pilot Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council - 1st building on the West Coast, 2nd in higher education and 11th in the U.S. to receive this level of certification
- Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) National Design-Build Award
- Northwest Construction Consumer Council Distinguished Project Award
- 1st Design-Build-Operate-Maintain Laboratory Facility
The project was designed and constructed in a Design-Build-Operate-Maintain process. Under the DBOM approach, the bid came as a complete package at the beginning of the project, with the designer-builder obligated to operate and maintain the building at a guaranteed price on a 30 year contract. The decisions regarding building materials and systems were made on the basis of life-cycle costs. The team that built the Ben Hall facility designed the most energy efficient building with the greatest amount of usable space. The building is more efficient and flexible than typical UW laboratory buildings, allowing for a wider variety of uses that complement one another.
"The University is very pleased with the outcome," said UW Associate Vice President for Capital Projects Richard K. Chapman. "The collaborative effort among the UW, CollinsWoerman, M.A. Mortenson and Johnson Controls reflects a genuine team spirit, which has made this project a great success." In UW Capital Projects, the Project Manager was Andy Casillas and the Sustainability Manager was Clara Simon.
The Benjamin D. Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building was evaluated on several LEED criteria:
- Limited site disturbance at the construction site
- Efficiency of water use
- Reduced energy consumption
- Choice of healthy and recycled products to lower chemical use
- Healthy air quality in the building
- Availability of natural light for building occupants
- Alternative transportation to and from the building
The first year energy savings are predicted at $220,000 greater than if the building had just met current energy codes.
"This landmark building is unlike any other in the state," said Arlan Collins, principal with CollinsWoerman, an architectural, planning an interior design firm. "The University sought to construct a scientific research building to be delivered more quickly and effectively than conventional processes, and the result is an innovative building."