PACCAR Environmental Technology Building, Washington State University - Exterior

PACCAR Environmental Technology Building
Washington State University


Pullman, Washington


Washington State University

Collaborators +

Design-Build Contractor: Skanska

Laboratory Planning: Research Facilities Design

Structural Engineering: Coughlin Porter Lundeen

Mechanical Engineering: PAE Consulting Engineers

Electrical Engineering: Sparling

Civil Engineering: Coughlin Porter Lundeen

Landscape Architecture: Swift Company LLC

Lighting Design: Candela

Project Size

96,500 square feet

Project Status



Certified LEED New Construction Gold


Architecture, Interior Design, Planning

The PACCAR Environmental Technology Building—the interdisciplinary research and education center in renewable materials, sustainable design, water quality, and atmospheric research for Washington State University—was designed to reflect the University’s position of leadership, technological advancement, and commitment to research and innovation in the use of wood and other materials.

The architectural concept derives from two overall program functions: a “Workhorse Bar” housing secure laboratories, offices, and workstations; and a public “Showcase Bar” that presents ongoing research to the campus. Transparent workspaces, such as a high-bay heavy materials lab, seminar room, and flexible collaboration studio, encourage engagement between researchers, industry partners, and the larger campus community.

The PETB models the practices it promotes, with construction incorporating renewable materials and technologies for which WSU contributed to the development, including engineered wood products, recycled concrete, and previous pavement. The building also demonstrates water capture and re-use, heat recovery, individual control of air quality factors, maximized daylighting, optimal siting and incorporation into its landscape, along with numerous other features that mark PETB as a benchmark of sustainable design and the greenest building to date on WSU’s Pullman campus.

Photography: Adam Hunter, Ed LaCasse



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