Engineering Excellence: Wood Harbinger Wins at 2015 ACEC Awards

Wood Harbinger is honored to have received Best in State Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for our work on North Seattle College’s Health Sciences and Student Resources Center and Lower Columbia College’s Health and Science Building. Our mechanical engineering for the Health Sciences and Student Resources Center (HSSR) earned a Silver Award for “Exceeding Client/Owner Needs,” and our mechanical and electrical expertise received a Bronze Award for the Health and Science Building at the 48th Annual ACEC Washington Engineering Excellence Awards ceremony, held on Friday evening, January 23rd.

We are excited to share our accomplishments with the project Owners, North Seattle College and Lower Columbia College, and with our clients, Schacht Aslani Architects, who was the architect for the HSSR, and Leavengood Architects and Rovelstad Architects, who were the architects for the Health and Sciences Building.

Best in State Silver Award – Exceeding Client/Owner Needs: Health Sciences and Student Resources Building (HSSR), North Seattle College; Seattle, WA

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Owner: North Seattle College | Client: Schacht Aslani Architects

With funding support from the Washington state legislature, North Seattle College is making strides to revive, enliven, and strengthen the sustainability of its campus facilities and functions to best serve the evolving neighborhood of North Seattle over the next forty years. Wood Harbinger helped to fulfill this vision with our work on the Allied Health and Technology Building Renewal project, a renovation and expansion of the existing two-floor, concrete Technology Building to reinvent the space as the new Health Sciences and Student Resources (HSSR) Building.

The resulting 46,600 SF multiuse space (22,900 SF renovation, 23,100 SF rooftop addition), located at the heart of the campus, houses the Human Biology and Science Center, with an anatomy, physiology, and biology lab central to the college’s health, medical, and science programs; the Learning Center, which incorporates tutoring and other student success programs; and student commons area with café. This dynamic facility enables North Seattle College to meet the needs of a large influx of students through a revitalized central campus hub.

Wood Harbinger provided comprehensive mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering, including an initial assessment of the existing mechanical systems, cost estimating, and Energy Life Cycle Cost Analysis (ELCCA) to aid the project team in determining the most effective design strategies for energy performance and contributing to the project’s target of LEED Gold certification.

Best in State Bronze Award: Health and Sciences Building, Lower Columbia College; Longview, WA

Lower Columbia College Health and Science Building

Owner: Lower Columbia College | Client: Leavengood Architects & Rovelstad Architects

Lower Columbia College (LCC) has one of the highest enrollment rates in Washington’s community college system, and two of its top five areas of study are its Registered Nurse and Medical Assisting programs. With existing science labs dating back to the 1960s, the college was in dire need of modernized health and science education facilities to meet demand. LCC received hard-won funding to build a new Health and Science Building. The resulting 70,000 SF, 3-story facility houses all LCC’s health and science programs together in a sustainable and contemporary facility, finally providing students with classrooms and labs effective for the 21st century.

Wood Harbinger provided mechanical and electrical engineering design for the new building, which features ample daylighting, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, a direct digital control (DDC) system capable of continuously monitoring energy consumption, and energy producing photovoltaic solar panels and Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). The building includes spaces for nursing and allied health programs with a nursing lab, medical assisting lab, cadaver lab, and a patient simulation lab. It also includes labs for the College’s Earth Science department and Environmental/Ecological Science department as well as the Chemistry, Biology, and Physics programs. Rounding out the facility are a 140-seat lecture hall, an 80-seat tiered classroom, a community resources center, and spaces for eating, socializing, and studying.

Our contributions support LCC’s commitment to sustainable practices and the project’s successful LEED Gold certification achievement, and helped provide state-of-the-art learning spaces for students in the growing healthcare field as well as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions.

Amazing Contributions

35 projects were honored at this year’s ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards ceremony. We congratulate our peers for their innovative and inspiring engineering work.

Read more about the 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards in the Seattle DJC’s January special section here.

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