The new academic building for WSU North Puget Sound at Everett will dramatically expand access to higher education in the region, encouraging innovation and collaboration across disciplines. The building expresses WSU’s core values and creates a strong distinct identity for the University while integrating with the Everett Community College campus across the street. It will provide beautiful, flexible, high performance space that serves the region’s educational needs as the campus grows for many decades into the future.
Targeting LEED Gold
Champion of Sustainability, McKinstry, 2017
This building will serve as a new home for a coalition that makes the education and training essential for job placement accessible to previously isolated learners. It integrates with the existing buildings of the University Center and Everett Community College, and it is situated to accommodate future growth.
WSU’s first building in the region bears the responsibility of setting a precedent for collaboration and academic excellence. The building’s transparent design visually connects the student activity to the surrounding community, while symbolically reinforcing the tie between today’s learners and tomorrow’s business leaders. A four-story Innovation Forum—where Student Services, a café, and a large media-rich classroom that opens to connect with a first-floor event space will be located—will buzz with activity and is designed to maximize random interaction and impromptu gatherings.