Science Building, Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

Project Categories

Laboratories and Higher education

Business Type

New addition and renovation housing chemistry labs, faculty research labs, and lecture halls


35,000 square feet


ZGF Architects


Whitman College

PAE Role

Mechanical engineering

Electrical engineering

Technology design


Percent better energy efficiency

than code requirements


Progress Report

Achieved 20-35% energy efficiency

Special features

  • Vivarium, NMR, and x-ray spaces
  • Direct/indirect evaporative cooling system
  • Variable-volume laboratory exhaust system
  • Daylighting controls
  • Geothermal preheat of outside air
  • Three-chiller cooling
  • High-performance envelope
  • MEP systems save approximately $21,000 per year in operating costs
  • 2004 Grand Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies