WSU North Puget Sound at Everett Project Team Named Seahawks’ Week 15 Champion of Sustainability

Collective effort to deliver STEM-focused academic building, led by Washington State University, will be recognized during the Dec. 15 Seahawks home game at CenturyLink Field

SEATTLE — (December 13, 2016) The Seattle office of McKinstry has named the project team behind the upcoming Washington State University (WSU) North Puget Sound at Everett, its education partners and the design-build team of Hoffman Construction, KPFF Consulting Engineers, OAC Services and SRG Partnership – the week 15 Seahawks Champions of Sustainability for incorporating energy and water conservation measures into the upcoming 95,000-square-foot academic facility.

In partnership with the Seattle Seahawks, the annual Champions of Sustainability program recognizes organizations during each regular-season home game that exhibit a forward-looking approach to innovative energy and waste reduction in the built environment, which accounts for one-third of the world’s energy usage and more than 15 percent of carbon emissions.

Slated to open before the 2017-18 school year, the four-story WSU North Puget Sound at Everett building will be situated at North Broadway and Tower Street, across the street from the Everett Community College campus. Housed in the new building, WSU will manage a consortium of seven universities that constitute the Everett University Center, offering degree programs aligned with the economic needs of the North Puget Sound region. WSU North Puget Sound at Everett and Everett University Center are relocating from their existing spaces on the Everett Community College campus.

WSU administrators, education partners, community leaders and legislative champions broke ground on the project in September 2015 alongside the design-build team. The building will feature engineering laboratories, active learning centers and classrooms, administrative offices, as well as a main-floor lecture hall, café and a second-floor data center.

The project is targeting LEED Gold certification. Greeting future students will be two entrances – on the north and south sides of the building – with brick façades. Both will lead to a cantilevered, glulam wood staircase.

McKinstry is providing high-performance building design, and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire-protection systems installation. Sustainable measures at the Everett University Center include:

  • A heat recovery system that recycles heat generated by the on-site data center to warm the building’s ground floor
  • A variable refrigeration flow HVAC system, allowing for precision control over heating and cooling in different zones of the building depending on the need
  • Outside air louvers/dampers to automate the circulation of outside air to the indoors, using the most energy-efficient setting
  • Photo-voltaic solar cells on roof, which convert sunlight directly into electricity. The array will provide 83,500 kWh of energy each year, the equivalent of taking three homes off the grid, or offsetting the pollution generated by six cars.
  • Rain-water harvesting for irrigation and toilet use. More than 450,000 gallons of water will be saved, a 14-percent reduction in water utility consumption compared to what the building would otherwise require.

“In addition to equipping students in Snohomish, Skagit and Island counties with the skills they need to compete in the local and global economies, the new facility will raise the bar for sustainability in regional higher-education projects,” said Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry. “We look forward to celebrating the design-build project team’s leadership and commitment to sustainability with a well-deserved tribute this Thursday.

The new education hub will be home to nearly 30 four-year degree-completion and master’s programs, including WSU’s new offerings in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, software engineering, data analytics, hospitality business management and integrated strategic communication. Students can fulfill the first two years of their general education requirements at any community college before completing an in-demand bachelor’s degree.

Next year’s project completion marks the culmination of a years-long vision by the city of Everett, WSU, Everett Community College, the University Center partnership and a broad coalition of the region’s business, community and education leaders.

“With many of our degree programs focused on engineering and STEM, it was important to WSU and our education partners that the building reflect advanced building standards,” said Paul Pitre, chancellor of WSU North Puget Sound at Everett and the Everett University Center. “We are honored to be recognized as a Champion of Sustainability and expect the new facility to serve as a living laboratory for engineering instruction. We thank the many project partners involved for their collaborative efforts.”

The project is being built by Hoffman Construction and McKinstry, and was designed by SRG Partnership, McKinstry, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Site Workshop and dark|light design. OAC Services is the project manager.

About McKinstry’s Champions of Sustainability program

McKinstry’s Champions of Sustainability program is part of the Defend Your Turf campaign. The campaign is a four-pronged approach to sustainable water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and community involvement within CenturyLink Field and Event Center as well as in terms of its impact on the city. For further information on the Defend Your Turf campaign, please visit,

Over the past decade, McKinstry has implemented a number of facility-wide energy conservation initiatives at CenturyLink Field and Event Center, including the installation of one of the largest solar arrays in the state of Washington, mechanical system upgrades, high-efficiency lighting and ultra-low-flow water fixtures. These upgrades make the stadium a national model for sustainable sporting facilities. McKinstry and the Seahawks developed the annual Champions of Sustainability program to celebrate clients who have committed to similar green standards in the built environment.

About McKinstry

McKinstry is a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facility services. McKinstry advocates collaborative, sustainable solutions designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs, and optimize profitability “For The Life of Your Building.”

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