The Evergreen State College CAB Renovation2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, WA 98505
Design Achievement – Bringing revitalization to a central campus hub, the addition and renovation of the College Activities Building (CAB) at The Evergreen State College transforms the underutilized, impersonal CAB into a vibrant hub of student activity. This LEED Gold building serves as the social focal point for the College’s students, staff and visitors, while reflecting the campus community’s goals, culture, and values. DLR Group's design uses ecologically responsible solutions to support the College's sustainability goals, while creating a comfortable, adaptable space supporting critical campus connections. The CAB is connected by a monumental central stair, and offers upgraded food services and dining venues on each floor. Natural wood finishes and textiles warm the interiors, and flexible lounge and living room spaces can accommodate groups of all sizes.
Scope Summary – The scope of the College Activities Building included 15,000 SF of new construction for a total of 97,825 SF used to accommodate 5,000 college students. The CAB houses student activities, a bookstore, the KAOS radio station, conferencing facilities, three dining facilities, various student lounges, and a bicycle shop. To encourage pedestrian flow through the building, the design renovated the east and west entries to create an organically welcoming façade; a new feature stair in the multi-level atrium providing highly visible vertical access within the building; and transformed the walled division on the site’s west end into a garden plaza with ADA access. The design replaced hardscape with landscape and permeable paved surfaces; provided a retention layer beneath the pavers; restored a significant amount of landscape using native, drought-tolerant species; introduced a new bioswale on the south side of the building; and diverted all runoff from roofs and terraces into a cistern. These strategies retain 40 percent of the rainfall hitting the site, minimizing the impact of the new work on the local hydrological flow while improving existing conditions. DLR Group provided architecture, interiors, electrical engineering, and construction administration services.