University of Washington West Campus Utility Plant

University of Washington West Campus Utility Plant

2017 | Industrial / Process / Research Facilities | National Award — Merit

University of Washington West Campus Utility Plant

Challenge Design-Build Project Delivery Addressed

The UW Capital Projects Office recommended the use of progressive design-build, as authorized by RCW 39.10, for the design and construction of this project as the delivery method was well-suited to meet the objectives and circumstances of the project. This was chosen to achieve the schedule commitment to have the (WCUP) Phase 1 on line in time to serve new facilities. The university selected the team with the best qualifications to optimize the plant’s service and value to campus. During procurement, many project characteristics remained purposefully open-ended so a wide range of ideas could be considered during the first contract period.


The UW West Campus Utility Plant serves the west and south Seattle campus and provides 4,500 tons of chiller capacity and 6 megawatts of emergency electrical power. It is expandable to 10,500 tons of chiller capacity and 12 megawatts of emergency power without modification to the building and includes underground diesel fuel storage and 1,800 lineal feet of 22” chilled water pipe in existing utility tunnels. The project sought Envision Gold and features sustainability display screens.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: University of Washington
Design-Builder: Mortenson Construction
General Contractor: Mortenson Construction
Architect: The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
Engineer: Arup
Duration of Construction: 17 months
Project Cost: $35,088,276