Brief

A high-performance precast concrete facade panel system adorns the new $66 million, 82,437-square-foot Plant Sciences Building at Washington State University’s campus in Pullman. The singular, prefabricated concrete component includes insulation and a weather barrier.

 

Insight

The new $66 million-dollar Plant Sciences Building has officially opened on the Washington State University campus in Pullman, Wash.

The 82,437-sf building is the latest addition to the V. Lane Rawlins Research and Education Complex and will support Washington’s $51 billion food and agriculture industry by providing a modern research venue for faculty and students in the Institute of Biological Chemistry, WSU’s Molecular Plant Science Program, and portions of the Departments of Horticulture, Plant Pathology, and Crop and Soil Sciences.

The building’s exterior reimagines the red-brick campus vernacular in a new architectural approach using a high-performance precast concrete facade panel system clad with a sculpted, red-brick veneer. These panels comprise structure, insulation, weather barrier, interior, and exterior finishes within a single prefabricated component.

The facility will be a social and interdisciplinary heart for the research complex. It is designed for flexibility and hosts infrastructure for a variety of research needs beyond the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. At the western entry, the building’s cantilevered composition frames a new grand entry for the whole complex.

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