PACCAR Hall, Foster School of Business
The 132,000-gsf Phase I building program consists of student and faculty spaces organized around a central linear community space. The lower levels are devoted to classrooms and student support spaces, while the upper levels include faculty and administrative offices. The building is sited across a significant change in grade—allowing for at-grade entries on 3 of the 5 occupied levels, including access to an existing underground library. After the completion of Phase I, Balmer Hall will be torn down and Phase II will be built in its place.
The architectural challenge involves the integration of this large modern building into a historic campus context. The large program of the Foster School of Business is located at the convergence of disparate campus plans and existing buildings, and PACCAR Hall is the first of 2 phases to transform the current collection of outdated business school facilities into a cohesive, interconnected education complex. As a composition of smaller parts, the common spaces of PACCAR Hall serve to extend and connect a campus landscape replete with diverse academic experience. The design interweaves program and community space in support of the school’s highly interactive, entrepreneurial culture—and extends that experience to engage the life of the broader campus.
Integrated sustainable design provisions of this LEED Gold project include extensive day-lighting throughout classrooms, offices and common areas; displacement HVAC; indirect evaporative cooling and water conservation measures.