Founders Hall, Foster School of Business, University of Washington - Exterior

Founders Hall, Foster School of Business
University of Washington


Seattle, Washington


University of Washington

Collaborators +

Design-Build Contractor: Hoffman Construction

Structural Engineering: Magnusson Klemencic Associates

MEP Engineering: PAE Consulting Engineers

Civil Engineering: Mayfly Engineering and Design

Landscape Architecture: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

Lighting Design: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Graphics/Signage: Studio Matthews

Environmental Graphics: Advent

Project Size

85,500 square feet

Project Status

In Progress


Targeting LEED New Construction Gold


Architecture, Interior Design, Planning

Situated on a distinctive campus open space that connects to the greater business school complex, the new Founders Hall greatly expands the Foster School of Business capacity while improving the connection to the heart of Central Campus and Denny Yard. The new building will be a complementary, cohesive addition designed to harmonize with the existing Foster School and embrace its surrounding landscape. A central community connector which facilitates entrance and vertical circulation frames the two program “bars” encompassing the public-facing team bar and the more private office bar. The community connector houses the feature stair, circulation spaces, prefunction spaces, and two tiered classrooms that can be set for 65 or 135 students. The team bar provides 28 team and interview rooms; four executive conference rooms, a student commons with an outdoor terrace, and a rooftop event forum.

The project is a model for sustainable design at the University of Washington and is embracing UW’s Green Building Standards to reduce carbon emissions by over 90%. As an integrated element in both the interior and exterior expression, the building incorporates a heavy timber structure with cross-laminated timber decking, reflecting the Seattle business community’s ongoing history with northwest wood products and reducing the building’s embodied carbon by 58%.

The project seamlessly connects with historic Denny Yard with pedestrian connections, landscape terraces, and integrated rain gardens which engage the sloping site and embrace the building in evergreen trees and northwest forest plantings. Founders Hall reflects the highly social character of business in the new century and aspires to be a sustainable building that will inspire future generations of business leaders.