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Mortenson Goes Zero Carbon with $74M Washington State Engineering Building


Courtesy of Perkins & Will

Mortenson Construction has broken ground on a new four-story eco-friendly engineering building in Bellingham, Washington. The Kaiser Borsari Hall at Western Washington University looks to be the state's first zero-energy, publicly funded structure on a college campus.


According to a press release shared with Construction Dive, the building will be home to electrical and computer engineering, energy science, and computer science facilities. The four story structure will cover 54,000 square feet, and by integrating green building guidelines and utilizing a mass timber/cross-laminated timber structure, Mortenson claims that the project will significantly reduce its environmental impact. The structure is aiming for zero carbon and zero energy certifications from the International Living Future Institute, as stated on Mortenson's project page.


“It has been incredibly rewarding to be a part of our team’s collective efforts to reduce embodied and operational carbon for this facility throughout design and construction,” said Mortenson project executive, Jennifer Kim, in a statement. “We love taking collaborative approaches with clients like WWU to provide value-add solutions for identifying the best sustainably focused opportunities early on — and we can’t wait to start building this first-of-its-kind facility while also tackling our own personal sustainability efforts on site.”


The project is expected to be completed in early 2025 according to the university website.


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