Core Design Team

Firm: Perkins+Will
Managing Principal: Anthony Gianopoulos
Design Principal: Ryan Bussard
Lab Planning Principal: Gary McNay
Project Manager: Andy Clinch
Project Architect: Laura Sewall
Lab Planner: Jason Mabry
Arch III: Chris Nienhueser
Technical Director: Mark Chavez


Design Builder: Lydig Construction
Civil Engineer: Parametrix, Inc.
Engineer: Coughlin Porter LundeenStructural
MEP Engineer: PAE Engineers
Landscape Architect: Swift Company
Mechanical Trade Partner: Apollo Mechanical Contractors
Electrical Trade Partner: Valley Electric Co.
Masonry Restoration Trade Partner: Talisman

Project Narrative

The new Troy Hall transformed a 1920s dairy building – once home to the WSU Creamery and Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe – into a modern interdisciplinary science education and research facility for the Department of Chemistry and the School of the Environment to respond to the demand for STEM program areas. The 50,000 square foot, four-story facility was one of the first adaptive reuse preservation projects delivered with design-build in Washington; the result was a modern facility that restores the historic exterior and reinvigorates the beloved building.

The team set out to preserve as much of the original building’s historic character as possible, while also expanding space for the needs of the school. The team was able to salvage all four walls of the 1920 exterior façade and the terracotta from the original entrance, which was deconstructed, restored and relocated to the building’s new front door. The design retains all the historic exterior brick walls, completely gutting existing floors and roof, establishing consistent floor to floor heights, and increasing the building footprint with a new 6,000 square foot addition to the north.

The south entrance was relocated to the ground floor to better integrate Troy Hall with major pedestrian paths on campus. Students may now enter directly to lab spaces from the south and ascend the light-filled central public circulation to various study spaces. The new north addition
welcomes the anticipated Washington State University planned quadrangle to the north of the site with its fully glazed north façade. A communicating stair to celebrate circulation is located in the multi-story space and capped with a skylight.

The new program for Troy Hall includes academic instruction, multidisciplinary interaction and cutting edge research for STEM programs in the Department of Chemistry and School of the Environment. The new design maximizes the programmatic research and teaching space while also creating spaces for communication and collaboration across disciplines to occur around the communicating stair, meetings areas and vertical collaboration/ lounge spaces. In addition, seating alcoves clustered around the lab and classrooms entries as well as the flexible lab environment support the interdisciplinary research and collaboration between the chemistry program and the engineering, agriculture, biotechnology, medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and veterinary programs.