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Mortenson, WWU Top Off on Zero Carbon Academic Facility

Mortenson, in partnership with Western Washington University, Perkins&Will, Coughlin Porter Lundeen, and other project partners, topped out the mass timber structure of the region’s first carbon net-neutral collegiate facility – the new Kaiser Borsari Hall.

The four-story mass timber Electrical Engineering and Computer Science facility is designed to meet the International Living Future Institute’s Zero Carbon and Zero Energy Certifications. On-site energy generation and storage will achieve a 63 percent reduction in embodied carbon and a 100 percent reduction in operational carbon. The building was constructed primarily with sustainably harvested Glulam beams, significantly reducing the property’s embodied carbon footprint. 

“As we reach new heights with mass timber, we’re not just building a facility; we’re crafting a sustainable legacy for future generations,” said Michael Harder, vice president and general manager of Mortenson’s Seattle office. “The use of mass timber underscores our collective commitment to building with a lower impact on our planet.”


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