Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: Loschky Marquardt and Nesholm (LMN) (firm); George Loschky (architect); Judsen Robert Marquardt (architect); John Frank Nesholm (architect); Lara Swimmer (architectural photographer)

Dates: constructed 2003

5 stories

Seattle, WA

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Seattle architecture firm LMN designed the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington; Mortenson Construction erected it. It won an 2003 Award of Excellence in the "Public/Private Project" Category from Northwest Construction.com, a web site operated by McGraw-Hill Construction. (See "Best of 2003 Washington Profiles,"Accessed 06/06/2011.) The center provided space for new laboratories, offices for students and faculty, conference rooms and classrooms in various areas of computer science. A reinforced concrete frame supports the building with concrete elements left exposed. Exterior walls were clad in brick veneer, aluminum windows with zinc panels below, and sunshades. The flow of capital to build the center lagged, causing it to be put on hold for three months. Because of its large electrical loads, electrical engineering issues with the building required extra time to solve, but were completed ahead of schedule.

A significant art collection had been assembled in the Allen Center by Professor Hank Levy and others between 2003-2007. It contained works by artists Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976), Alden Mason (b. 1919), Akio Takamori (b. 1950), Kenneth Callahan (1905-1986), and George Tsutakawa (1910–1997), all with some affiliation to the UW.

PCAD id: 4109