Merrill Hall, University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture
Merrill Hall, the Flagship of the Center for Urban Horticulture,
was destroyed in 2001 by fire. Rebuilt with funds from the State,
the University of Washington, and private contributors, the 20,000
s.f. building illustrates how smart design can integrate structure
with environment and improve inhabitant well-being and productivity,
while conserving water and reducing non-renewable energy consumption.
Many UW departments offer classes on environmental sustainability,
but there were no real examples on the campus. This facility serves
as a learning tool for a wide range of study areas, from electrical
and mechanical engineering, architecture,
landscape architecture, to programs on the environment, sociology,
Academic Spaces include four research labs, offices, graduate student
offices and a shared computer lab. Public Outreach Spaces include
a Herbarium Collection Room and a new flexible
greenhouse lobby for additional displays and public events.
The building also serves as the new home of the Elizabeth Miller
Horticultural Library, one of the largest and most well-known horticultural
libraries in the United States.
Merrill Hall is LEED™ Silver certified.