Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Collaboration Center
Occupying a central position on the PNNL campus, the Collaboration Center serves as an icon and landmark for the campus; holding a campus badging office, it is also designed to be the first stop, and thus the first impression, for visitors. This sustainable design-build project is a vital element of the PNNL campus and is being completed in accordance with the federal government’s High-Performance Building Standards. The project is utilizing a design-build delivery method and is scheduled for a completion of spring 2017.
The dominant materials throughout the structure include glass, steel siding, and expressed structural steel. A large glass concourse faces the north (reducing solar heat gain while still providing generous natural light) and overlooks a landscaped courtyard, creating a fourth side of the exterior “quad.” A café, designed for both the daily use of the PNNL campus and special events, flows out into the quad, creating indoor and outdoor seating options for conference attendees and on site scientists alike.
Arranged with incredible flexibility in mind, the facility holds a number of small “huddle” rooms in addition to the larger collaboration rooms. The large rooms are able to accommodate from 250-450 individuals and feature state-of-the-art AV systems. These spaces can easily be adjusted for myriad uses, including large meetings, workshops, training exercises, and science-focused events.