Another Success Story for Rakks at the University of Washington

by Rakks | August 5th, 2013

The Foster School of Business at the University of Washington recently completed an extensive project to construct two new buildings and renovate an existing subterranean library. One of the buildings, Paccar Hall, combines a balance of steel and glass to make it an open, inviting and natural space. Rakks provided shelving to match the rich, contemporary atmosphere of the new facilities that attract faculty and students alike, fulfilling the University’s emphasis on integrated communities. Rakks applauds LMN Architects for this new project’s visual and functional appeal and is proud to provide shelving to match its high level of sophistication and quality.

Paccar Hall, University of WashingtonPaccar Hall – Exterior and 4-Story Atrium, Photo courtesy of LMN Architects

The widely acclaimed Paccar Hall received the LEED Gold rating for sustainability in design and received a citation at the 2011 AIA/CAE (Committee on Architecture for Education) Educational Facility Design Awards. In addition, Paccar Hall received the Honor Award at the 2011 AIA Washington Council Civic Design Awards, the Merit Award at the 2011 AIA Seattle Chapter and the 2013 AIA National Honor Award for Interior Architecture.

The University of Washington holds itself to strict architectural standards as the contemporary new buildings must complement the existing historic facilities. The University’s architectural goals of creating social, pedagogical and natural environments ensure a high-caliber academic space. Rakks shelving matches the sleek, minimalist tone of the design. The office shelving is an extension of the outside forest, bringing a tranquil breath of fresh air. And much to the delight of every textbook-collecting academic, the durable shelves withstand the weight of even the most extensive leatherbound anthology.

The Savery Hall restoration addressed some of the 85-year old building’s structural, seismic, life safety and accessibility deficiencies. Approximately 14,600 square feet of the renovated building was dedicated to general assignment classrooms. These classrooms met new technology standards for academic spaces. The new learning spaces include an 80- seat auditorium, a 200- seat auditorium, five mid-sized classrooms, nine small classrooms and four seminar rooms.     

Rakks Shelving at Savery Hall, University of Washington Savery Hall – Office Interior

Several other campus facilities utilize Rakks shelving such as the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering and Savery Hall. Rakks President David Greenberg says, “The Paul Allen Center was the first project we did, in 2003.  Rakks was introduced by Jones Tsukamaki Inc. – who worked with LMN on the Allen Center project.  Since then, Rakks has become somewhat of a standard at the University of Washington.”

Rakks Shelving at Allen Center, University of WashingtonRakks at Allen Center, University of Washington

The perfect blend of new and old, these facilities are a strong, crisp addition to the University of Washington and Rakks is represented in a space that will remain a paragon of high quality design and sophistication.

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