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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Innovation 2014

PACCAR Clean Technology Building concept art


Environmental Technology Building Gets Under Way

The new PACCAR Environmental Technology Building has been named in recognition of PACCAR’s major donation to the school. The 96,000-square-foot building will be a hub for faculty from engineering, the sciences, and allied fields to engage in cutting-edge interdisciplinary environmental technology research and education.

“We are very appreciative to PACCAR for its extraordinary gift in support of WSU’s innovative and productive research and education programs,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “PACCAR is a global technology leader that has generously supported outstanding educational institutions on many continents. We are proud to partner with PACCAR and are confident that this gift will contribute to WSU’s excellence in providing leading-edge science education to our students as well as sparking meaningful technological advances to support Washington’s industries and economy today and in the future.”

Dr. Candis Claiborn, dean of WSU’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, said, “PACCAR’s generosity will enable university researchers to address energy efficient design and infrastructure, and air and water quality issues. The new shared common space for interdisciplinary research will create a synergy to drive innovation and find new solutions to complex problems that can be transferred to industry for commercialization. This extraordinary gift will enable the school to accelerate the establishment of a world-class facility and accomplish WSU’s long-term vision to be a research university that contributes to the prosperity and the economic vitality of our state and region. The direct result of this gift will be the creation of a state-of-the-art facility that will redefine the school’s physical presence and enhance the learning environment in the years to come. The gift will also strengthen the recruitment of world-class faculty and attract the best and brightest students.”

The building, designed by LMN Architects, will house research programs involving renewable materials, sustainable infrastructure, water quality and the environment, and atmospheric research.

The PACCAR Environmental Technology Building will offer a combination of laboratories, faculty office space, an auditorium, and student lounges. Designed to create a highly engaging on-campus research experience, the building will be a product of the 21st century in form and function.

The building will be constructed using renewable materials and technologies developed at WSU, including wood composites, recycled concrete, and pervious pavement. The building is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, and will be the “greenest” building to date on WSU’s Pullman campus.

Mark Pigott, chairman and chief executive officer of PACCAR Inc., shared, “We are pleased to provide one of the important building blocks to Washington State University in the development of its interdisciplinary environmental technology initiative that will benefit students and the region for many years. PACCAR has recruited excellent employees from WSU for many decades and this investment will provide another strong link in our robust relationship.

Keep up with the innovations involved in construction of the PACCAR Environmental Technology Building.