• Rendering courtesy of LMN Architects.

  • Rendering courtesy of LMN Architects.

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


LMN Architects


University of Washington


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



  • Pursuing 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