LMN completes new Jon M. Huntsman Hall at Utah State University

Building showcases next evolution in business school design 04/07/2016

SEATTLE, April 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — LMN Architects, a design practice known for creating impactful community-focused projects of all scales, today announced the opening of the new $50 million Jon M. Huntsman Hall at Utah State University’s Huntsman School of Business. The design, a collaboration between lead designers LMN Architects and architects of record GSBS Architects, celebrates the School of Business’ team-based pedagogy which supports a wide range of interactions, and fosters community with connections to the surrounding campus and landscape beyond. “The Jon M. Huntsman Hall is emblematic of our vision and values and promotes interaction just through its very design,” says Associate Dean Dave Patel. “It is a place for people to be involved with others, for active learning, for interaction, collaboration, for teamwork. It is a space that promotes community.”

Located at the edge of campus on a main thoroughfare, Huntsman Hall creates a gateway to the School, catalyzing interactions with business leaders and local entrepreneurs while creating a welcoming statement to visitors arriving on campus. The new building is composed of two three-story brick classroom wings connected with a highly-transparent circulation and collaboration zone. The classroom wings form a central courtyard with the existing George S. Eccles Building (built in 1970). The central, south-facing collaboration zone features a 315-foot-long window wall, providing expansive mountain views from the Cache Valley. “We wanted to create an engaging social experience which contributes to the educational mission, enriched by its relationship to the surrounding mountainous landscape juxtaposed with the historic campus core.” Mark Reddington, FAIA, Design Partner, LMN.

The new building (125,800 sf, plus a 10,100 sf renovation of the Eccles building) more than doubles the size of the Eccles Building, seamlessly expanding the existing facility with state-of-the-art classrooms, team rooms, event spaces, and research centers. Large, glazed stairs, openings between floors, and views across the atrium and courtyard create visual connections throughout. Generous circulation spaces were designed to provide views to nature and natural light, seating for small groups, and eddies outside classrooms for informal conversations.

LMN’s in-house Tech Studio provided analysis to optimize the high-performance glazing and design of the brise-soleil that wraps the south-facing collaboration space. LEED Silver certification is targeted.

Project Team
LMN Architects (Design Architect)
GSBS (Architect of Record)
Reaveley Engineers (Structural)
Great Basin Engineers (Civil)
Colvin Engineers (Mechanical)
Ken Garner Engineering (Electrical / Lighting)
Acoustical Design Group (Acoustics / AV)
Spindler Corporation (General Contractor)

About LMN
Seattle-based LMN Architects specializes in the planning and design of significant public and private projects, including convention centers, cultural arts venues, education facilities, office buildings, multi-family residences, hospitality centers, mixed-use developments, and other urban environments that celebrate and enrich communities. The firm is the recipient of the 2016 American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award. www.LMNArchitects.com

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LMN-designed University of Washington transit hub opens for commuters

Light-filled station provides new gateway for University and community 04/07/2016

SEATTLE, March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — LMN Architects, a design practice known for creating impactful community-focused projects of all scales, today announced the opening of the new University of Washington Station, part of the Sound Transit regional light rail system. Knitting together transportation modalities from bike to bus to pedestrians to trains, the design of the 156,000-square foot station creates a unified transportation solution and provides a unique gateway to the University of Washington campus through its above and below-grade experiences. Based upon initial reports since its opening last week, ridership has exceeded previous Sound Transit projections for the new line.

The project includes a train platform 100 feet underground, accessed via escalators and elevators from a 2-level glass entrance structure at grade. The entrance structure frames views of the surrounding context, including Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains. The transparency of the structure also serves as a light well, allowing daylight to reach down to the mezzanine level. Descending to the train platform below, users pass through a tall, vertical circulation chamber featuring Subterraneum, an art installation by Leo Saul Berk, who worked in collaboration with LMN to blend architecture and sculpture in expressing the geological layers of soil surrounding the station walls.

“The UW Station and its associated public spaces afforded a terrific opportunity to connect this complex of major campus elements and urban pathways, resulting in a civic-centered approach to rail transit within the campus community” notes Mark Reddington, Design Partner with LMN.

The project also includes a new 400-foot-long concrete bicycle and pedestrian bridge that connects to both levels of the entrance structure via stairs, escalators and ramps, curving gently as it spans over Montlake Boulevard to land on the university campus.

“LMN’s work at the University of Washington Station beautifully and intricately navigates an almost unbelievably complex urban node,” says Rebecca Barnes, University Architect and Associate Vice Provost for Campus and Capital Planning at the University of Washington. “The outcome is a great architectural and urban design achievement borne of many acts of imaginative and insightful civic leadership.”

Project Team
LMN Architects (architect)
Northlink Transit Partners (prime consultant)
KPFF Consulting Engineer (structural/station; civil/grading, utilities, roadway)
AECOM (structural/bridge; civil/site drainage; mechanical/EVS)
Swift Company (landscape architect)
HNTB (station mechanical/electrical/fire protection)
Moniz Art & Architecture (architectural technical facilities coordination)
The Greenbusch Group (acoustical consultant)
Leo Saul Berk (artist)
Light Wire (lighting design)
LTK Engineering Services (systems design)
START (construction management)
Hoffmann Construction Company (contractor)

About LMN
Seattle-based LMN Architects specializes in the planning and design of significant public and private projects, including convention centers, cultural arts venues, education facilities, office buildings, multi-family residences, hospitality centers, mixed-use developments and other urban environments that celebrate and enrich communities. The firm is the recipient of the 2016 American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award. www.LMNArchitects.com

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Matt Anderson
Anderson Strategic, Inc.
matt@andersonstrategic.net