Higher Education

University of Washington Foster School of Business Founders Hall  (LEED Gold)

University of Washington Foster School of Business Founders Hall (LEED Gold)

Seattle, WA

The UW Foster School of Business Founders Hall Building, currently in design/construction, will be a mix of instructional, academic and administrative spaces to include classrooms, offices, team and meeting rooms, workshop space, and large common areas, serving the Foster School PhD Program, the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking, and the Foster School Advancement and Alumni teams.

The design will feature open, flexible, adaptive spaces in a cohesive aesthetic that compliments the Foster Complex of buildings.

As Acoustical Designer for this integrated design-build project, Greenbusch is providing acoustical recommendations for classroom and assembly spaces; mechanical system noise and vibration control; and sound isolation between rooms.

Rendering courtesy of LMN Architects.












EWU Pence Union Building (PUB)

EWU Pence Union Building (PUB)

Cheney, WA

In 2015, in response to years of student feedback, ASEWU student government and EWU leaders approved a plan to redesign the Pence Union Building to make it more usable and responsive to the needs of todays students. Financed through student fees, the PUB redesign uses the existing footprint of the building (~125,000 square feet), focusing the renovation on the areas of highest need and maximum student benefit. Key elements for renovation included expanded dining options, increased space for student organizations, improved student and visitor access, an open Atrium, offices, and multi-purpose space.

The expansive new atrium, dining and open flexible spaces were addressed acoustically through recommendations for construction necessary to separate the various spaces as well as recommendations for surface finishes and materials to control noise and reverberation throughout the building. GBG established criteria for acceptable background noise levels throughout the facility from operation of the mechanical systems.

Greenbusch also provided vertical transportation services for this project.

Washington State University, Troy Hall Renovation Design-Build (LEED® Silver)

Washington State University, Troy Hall Renovation Design-Build (LEED® Silver)

Pullman, WA

A former dairy building on the Washington State University campus in Pullman has been transformed into a modern classroom and lab building. Troy Hall now houses the Department of Chemistry and School of the Environment. The $32.3 million remodel and addition totals 50,000 square feet.

The original 1921 brick structure was closed in 2010. The project demolished the interior while saving the historic brick and terracotta facade. Exterior walls were salvaged and restored. Terracotta from the original entrance was relocated for the new front door. Nearly 15,000 SF was added on the north side. The glass-enclosed expansion preserves the original exterior.

ACOUSTICS: The building has meeting spaces near the stairwell on each floor; teaching and research labs; and flexible space for a variety of uses. GBG provided architectural acoustics for control of sound between spaces and to create desired acoustical environments within rooms throughout the building. There are adjacencies that deserve special attention to provide proper acoustical separation, and spaces that will need the proper interior acoustic environment. This was particularly important for noise-sensitive areas such as conference rooms, study spaces, exam and procedure rooms were located near higher-noise areas such as breakrooms, lobby and hallways.

Greenbusch also provided vertical transportation services for this project.

2017 AIA/WA Civic Design Awards

UW Medical South Lake Union, Phase 3.2)

UW Medical South Lake Union, Phase 3.2

Seattle, WA

GBG provided Architectural Acoustic and Vibration consulting services for the new Phase 3.2 research building for UW Medicine (SLU). The building houses biotechnology and medical research labs, offices, conference rooms and seminar areas. GBG provided recommendations and detailing for construction necessary to acoustically separate the various research lab spaces, offices, conference rooms and seminar rooms throughout the facility.

Acoustical Design for UW's Benjamin Hall

UW Benjamin D. Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building

Collins Woerman - Seattle, WA

$45 Million 6-story design-build project built in close proximity to the ship canal bridge section of Interstate 5.

Noise and vibration levels were carefully evaluated to preserve research accuracy.

  • LEED Gold, Shell & Core
  • 2006 DBIA National Design-Build
  • 2006 NCCCouncil Distinguished Project
Acoustical Design for CWU's Dean Hall

CWU Dean Hall

BCRA - Architects - Ellensburg, WA

Provided the acoustical and AV design for the $25 million renovation of Dean Hall into a classroom and lab building.

The facility will include eight lecture halls, nine teaching labs, two small classrooms, an exhibition and museum space, and a Dean's Conference Room.

Acoustical Design for CWU's Science Building

CWU Science Building

Tsang - Ellensburg, WA

Acoustical recommendations included shaping and surface finishes in lecture rooms, classrooms, and offices.

Provided recommendations for control of mechanical system background noise.

Designed the sound reinforcement system.

The project also included laboratory fume exhaust system noise analysis