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Founder's Hall, Foster School of Business, University of Washington

Seattle, WA

Business Type

New construction of classroom building with event space and large, central commons


85,500 square feet

As a replacement for an older 1960s building, the new Founder’s Hall is designed to fit into the University of Washington's Campus Sustainability Action Plan by achieving a 79% reduction in energy consumption over the first 60 years of its life.

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LMN Architects


University of Washington


McKinstry - Mechanical, VECA Electric & Technologies - Electrical, LMN Architects - Sustainability



  • LEED Gold

Progress Report

  • 32% energy savings beyond code, exceeding UW’s Green Building Standard to perform 15% better than code
  • Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 27 compared to an EUI of 40 for a typical code school building
  • Fossil-fuel free building
  • The new building’s operating emissions may be considered carbon neutral by choosing to avoid fossil fuels and connect to one of the cleanest electric grids in the nation, Seattle City Light
  • Cross-laminated timber decking reduces the building’s embodied carbon by 58%
  • 85% reduction in operational carbon

Special features

  • Operable windows, ceiling fans, and strategic glazing placement provides low energy cooling solutions for key spaces in the building
  • Highly insulated envelope greatly reduces mechanical heating needs earning significant energy savings

Media Coverage

BD+C: University of Washington opens mass timber business school building


Dezeen: LMN Architects creates mass-timber business school for University of Washington


DJC Seattle: UW’s first mass timber hall


DJC Seattle: Founder’s Hall – A model for the next century of campus building


DJC Seattle: Delivering campus energy and carbon savings 14 years ahead of schedule at UW Seattle


Yahoo! Finance: LMN Architects Celebrates the Completion of the Michael G. Foster School of Business Founders Hall at the University of Washington


The Architect's Newspaper: LMN Architects completes University of Washington’s first mass timber building