Western Washington University – Interdisciplinary Science Building

  • area / size 56,000 sqft
  • Completed 2022
  • Perkins&Will designed Western Washington University’s Interdisciplinary Science Building in Bellingham, Washington.

    Western Washington University’s Interdisciplinary Science Building (WWU ISB) is part of a state-wide initiative to enhance STEM learning.

    A timelessly modern learning environment, WWU ISB is comprised of 10 teaching laboratories and three active learning classrooms to foster cross-discipline collaboration across a variety of soft spaces, including student support labs, breakout areas and study nooks, and expansive glass that allows for direct visibility into teaching laboratories.

    In anticipation of various research and departmental requirements, Perkins&Will designed these teaching laboratories with a common module to allow for adaptability and future generations of STEM students.

    During the design phase, student health and sustainability also remained top of mind for the project team.

    Key building features related to these two focuses include:

    • Glazing and vertical shading devices that allow daylight to permeate the entire building while mitigating solar gain, reducing electrical lighting loads, and providing visual connections to nature
    • A rainwater management system that directs rainwater from the roof to a stormwater habitat facility, fostering ecological benefits for pollinator species and local animals
    • Accessible, non-discriminatory spaces that foster an inclusive learning environment (e.g., all-gender restrooms)

    Design: Perkins&Will
    Contractor: BNBuilders
    Photography: Kevin Scott