U of WA Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering - Seattle, WA
Students at the University of Washington have a new space to learn and grow their skills for the 21st century. Named in honor of Bill & Melinda Gates, this newest addition to the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering is a dynamic hub for technology education, development and innovation. The center which opened earlier this year houses classrooms, technology labs and meeting rooms along with a cafe and a "flexible" event space where the school will engage with the local community hosting career fairs, "demo days" and workshops.
Designed by Seattle based LMN Architects the building features expansive windows and black metal panels interspersed with the warm qualities of Terra5 terracotta rainscreen cladding. The project was constructed by Mortenson and Axiom Construction & Consulting performed the installation of the terra cotta panels.
The building's rainscreen facade incorporates terra cotta panels from the Terra5 product line with an Alpha Hci.27 sub-framing system. The earthy "Pumpkin" color was chosen in matte and gloss finishes with both flat and grooved surfaces to create a multi-faceted aesthetic which provides a rich and distinct visual for the building's envelope.
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