PACCAR Hall, Foster School of Business, University of Washington - Interior

PACCAR Hall, Foster School of Business
University of Washington


Seattle, Washington


University of Washington

Collaborators +

General Contractor: Sellen Construction Company

Structural Engineering: Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Mechanical Engineering: Notkin Engineering

Electrical Engineering: Sparling

Civil Engineering: KPFF Consulting Engineers

Landscape Architecture: Swift Company LLC

Lighting Design: Stantec

Graphics/Signage: tbd creative LLC

Project Size

New area: 135,000 square feet

Renovated area: 14,500 square feet

Project Status



Certified LEED New Construction Gold


Architecture, Interior Design, Planning

At the core of the PACCAR Hall, Foster School of Business is the concept of integrated communities, where the social environment, natural environment and campus context are embraced as interrelated influences in the architectural experience. The central atrium within the building works as a collector of community activity and the social heart of the school, perceptually as well as functionally. Common areas are organized as a series of interconnected spaces that function in many different combinations, from small groups to large gatherings, encompassing a full spectrum of informal student activities, regular programs, and special events.

The design responds to the program’s strong emphasis on social connectivity and its active central campus site with a high degree of porosity—in terms of both visual and functional relationships. A four-story, daylit atrium runs the entire length of PACCAR Hall. Multiple entrances are knitted into the pedestrian flow of the campus, with views, topography and landscape embraced as integrated elements in the architectural experience. The exterior expression is a direct response to the functional needs of modern business education and environmental influences, while responding to adjacent historic campus buildings with compatible materiality, scale, and proportion.

Photography: Tim Griffith, Ed LaCasse, Doug Scott

Selected Awards

2014 Chicago Athenaeum, Green Good Design Award

2013 AIA National Honor Award for Interior Architecture

2012 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards, Best in State Bronze Award for Mechanical Systems

2012 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards, Originality/Innovation, Best in State Gold Award for Audiovisual Design

2012 Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award

2011 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region, Merit Award

2011 AIA Seattle Chapter, Merit Award

2011 AIA Washington Council, Civic Honor Award

2011 AIA/CAE Educational Facility Design, Citation Award

2011 CISCA, Bronze Award for Interior Finishes

2011 IESNA Illumination, Regional Merit Award

2011 IESNA Illumination, Section Award