In Olympia, Washington, The Evergreen State College achieved LEED® Gold level certification with its Seminar II project, a 160,000-sq.ft. academic building on campus of the liberal arts school.

To create smaller learning communities based upon the academic program, five semi-independent academic clusters stretch out into the tree canopy and make up the landscape of Seminar II. The clusters are 80% naturally ventilated through operable windows and small-screened openings under the windows that provide airflow even during the Pacific Northwest’s rainy days.

Each cluster supports four interdisciplinary academic programs and is composed of faculty offices, student "homerooms," seminar rooms, breakout spaces, a workshop, and a lecture hall. A central open volume allows daylighting, natural stack ventilation and visual connections between the academic programs.

Other features include:

  • A 21,000-sq.-ft. green roof that allowed significant reduction of the onsite storm water detention requirement.
  • Adler wood trim to maintain a natural look for the building.
  • Cork flooring and carpet made from recycled materials and applied with a nontoxic adhesive

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