Campus Buildings

Discovery Hall

Discovery HallSustainability is a major focus of Discovery Hall building, UW Bothell's newest addition to campus. With the project targeted for LEED® Gold certification, energy use is projected to be 30% less than a typical building of this type. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) will use a passive (chilled) beam system, which will require substantially less energy and less maintenance than typical. Operable windows will provide an energy-free cooling and airflow option. Displacement ventilation will condition public assembly areas. Efficient lighting will include high-performance linear fluorescents, compact fluorescent downlights, and LEDs. Daylight harvesting will automatically reduce artificial lighting as daylight allows. Occupancy sensors will turn lights off inunoccupied spaces. The construction process will be sustainable as well, for example reducing paper by 75 percent through digital documents and online coordination.

Other sustainability features include:

  • Orienting the building east-west for optimal solar control
  • Optimizing the use of daylight with light shelves, sunshades, and light controls
  • Managing all stormwater within the campus boundary
  • Using recycled, reclaimed, and low VOC-emitting materials

CC3 Building

The CC3 building, opened in 2010, was the first LEED® certified building on campus (operating at a LEED® Platinum standard). Important sustainability features include a 500 ft2 green roof and rainwater collection system (to use for watering the landscape and for toilets). During construction excavated soils were sifted and amended for reuse in the surrounding landscape. Some of the wood from trees felled for construction was used to construct hallway benches and preference was given to low VOC-emitting, locally-sourced and/or recycled materials in construction. For the exterior, the brick veneer and recycled content metal siding were used where needed and concrete sheer walls were left mostly exposed. These materials were selected to serve as both a connection to the existing campus buildings while also creating a distinct modern structure.

Below, as part of our Building Dashboard network, you can see live energy and resource consumption from CC3. You may also view the entire campus portfolio, including live electricity, water, and natural gas use for each building, as well as electricity output for our three solar-photovoltaic installations, by following this link.


Future Buildings

  • All new state-funded campus projects will meet LEED Silver minimum certification
  • Building Commissioning (Confirming that building energy use performance objectives are met) is included in every new UWB construction project.
  • As we did in Phase 1 and 2 of UW3, all new construction considers the use of sun-control devices, energy saving equipment and lighting, high performance glazing to reduce heat gain, maximized use of day lighting, and insulation beyond code required minimums.
  • As we update our campus infrastructure master plan it may include options that utilize innovative energy saving and alternative energy elements that, if implemented, could help UWB achieve carbon-neutrality as early 2030.
  • UW Seattle CPO has LEED Accredited professionals on staff to review and monitor progress on all UWB construction projects.

Click here to return to the Grounds & Built Environment front dashboard page.

solar  Dashboard-Button-back.png          Dashboard-Button-FrontWater-(2).png  waste