The University of Washington’s new Health Sciences Education Building will inspire generations of future healthcare professionals. The concept is centered on “A Culture of Care” and is embedded in all aspects of the building design – dappled and lush outdoor moments, a textural and reflective building skin, warm wood, cross-laminated timber (CLT) ceilings and legible and generous vertical circulation.
A daylit library, student study and collaboration space line the north “active edge” of the building, while larger-span classrooms, skills and anatomy labs are positioned to the south. An inter-professional commons or “heart” perches over a pocket park and future water view corridor.
The four-story facility is the first project to be built on the south campus of the university’s Seattle location under the new Campus Master Plan, setting a new tone for the sprawling medical campus. Overtime, the immediate context will transform in density and height, organized to create increased access and views to the water.
Construction on the project began in June 2020 with completion scheduled in 2022.