The South Lake Union School is built in the redevelopment zone of South Lake Union in Seattle. This facility brings together researchers from different departments under one roof to foster communication and teamwork.
HLB’s scope included interior and exterior areas encompassing building façade, plaza and site lighting, laboratory and lab support spaces, public areas, and offices. Special mock- ups were done to evaluate the integration of lighting and chilled beam systems. Working in close collaboration with the Landscape Architect, unique exterior features were developed including fiber optic illuminated pedestrian benches and catenary mounted custom designed globe fixtures creatively placed in the Central Plaza area.
Sustainability was an important feature of the design. The project was built to the equivalent of LEED Gold standards with such features as chilled beam cooling systems, lighting control systems, daylighting in laboratory areas, exterior sun shades, and low VOC materials for better indoor air quality.