Join Kirk Brewer, Senior Project Manager, as he walks through the University of Washington (UW) Life Sciences Building project.


With nearly 20 years in the construction industry, Kirk has worked on several university campuses, most recently on the ARCF project for UW. He and the UW project team have been working on the Life Sciences Building project since 2016, with completion scheduled for July 2018. The videos below highlight critical aspects of the project.

Project at a Glance


University of Washington



Perkins + Will


Construction Cost

$139.6 Million




Delivery Method

General Contractor/

Construction Manager (GC/CM)


Completion Date

July 2018


LEED® Certification

Seeking Gold Certification


For more information about the
University of Washington - Life Sciences Building project, you can reach out to:

Tieg Murray

Marketing Manager
Life Sciences COE

UW Life Sciences Building Tour Introduction | Façade Overview and Materials |
Hardscapes for Research | Greenhouse and Community Spaces

Innovation: Safety Vending Machine for PPE | Precast Stairs by Skanska Self-Perform Employees |
Level B1 – Vivarium, Aquatics Lab and Back of House Equipment | Level 6 – Penthouse with Aviary | Cementitious Panels (Equitone)

Level 6 Penthouse | Heavy Mechanical Space and Exhaust Ducts | Prefabricated Truss/Beam by Skanska
Self-Perform Ironworkers | Heat Recovery | Research Deck on Roof | Façade Details and Integration

Anchored Roof Window Cleaning System | Level 5 –  PI Research Offices and Wet Labs | Fixed Casework | Utilities Feeding Wet Lab Benches | Reverse Osmosis (RO) System

Construction Crew Signage | Deliveries and Student Pedestrian Traffic | Greenhouse |
Loading Dock | Landscaping Wall | Levels 2-5 – Identical Wet Labs, Research Offices and Shared Spaces

Radiant Chilled Sails in Research Offices | Passive Chilled Beams |
Procedure Rooms with Specialized Equipment | Existing Tree Protection Collaboration with UW |
Terrazzo from Italy (Long-Lead Time Lessons Learned)

Level 1 – Exterior Deck | Temporary Heating System | Exterior Materials | “Clean” Greenhouse (No Exhaust) | Teaching Learning Labs | Science on Display | Student Collaboration Spaces

Utility Tunnel Connection and Surveying Existing Underground Conditions |
Level B2 – Botany Research and Growth Chambers

 Level B1 – Elevator Lobby Featuring Old Growth Timbers | Headhouse Supporting Greenhouse

Greenhouse Plenums (Air Circulation and Exhaust) | Hardscapes, Greenhouse and Community Spaces