Tri-Cities Research District

In 2008, TVA Architects led a design team in preparing a visionary master plan for the Tri-Cities Research District in Richland, Washington. The goal was to create the most sustainable Research District in the nation, and it is the first master plan in the country to incorporate Cascadia’s Living Site and Infrastructure Challenge as green guiding principles.

Involving 292 acres of prime, largely undeveloped land in eastern Washington, the plan is designed to support and attract science and technological innovation companies to the Tri-Cities area. It is envisioned to foster a strong research cluster for collaboration and bridging the gap between the research and development industry and academic institutions, such as the locally-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Washington State University’s Tri-Cities campus. The project envisioned community recreation facilities, parks, open space, an amphitheater and trails, all in the spirit of social and community interaction.