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December 3, 2021

Hans Rosling Center wins state, national architectural design and project awards

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View of main floor

General view of the main floor of the Hans Rosling Center in November 2021. The overhanging sculptural installation is “Boundless Topographies” by Rachel Mica Weiss.Kiyomi Taguchi/UW News

The Hans Rosling Center for Population Health has won top awards in 2021 from state and national design and construction associations for both its architectural design and unique project delivery approach. The building was designed by The Miller Hull Partnership and the general contractor was Lease Crutcher Lewis.

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View of several connected floors and study spaces in the Hans Rosling Center.

The Hans Rosling Center for Population Health was made possible by a $210 million gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in October 2016 and $15 million in earmarked funding from the Washington Legislature, as well as funding from the university. The center opened to the public in the fall of 2021 and is home to the Department of Global Health, the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME), parts of the School of Public Health and the offices of the Population Health Initiative.

The center is a direct result of the UW’s Population Health Initiative, an interdisciplinary effort across the university to bring understanding and solutions to the biggest health challenges

One of the kitchen and study areas found on most floors on the Hans Rosling Center.Kiyomi Taguchi/UW News

facing communities here in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. and around the world.

“The design for the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health draws its inspiration from the Population Health Initiative itself, with a focus on the health and wellness of its inhabitants as well as on global health issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, water preservation and material toxicity,” said Whitney Pearce, an architect and project manager with Miller Hull.

The design optimizes opportunities for connection and collaboration among the building inhabitants, with program elements that support active, healthy lifestyles and workspaces that encourage working together, Pearce explained, adding that art and storytelling elements are integrated throughout the facility. These elements speak to the mission of both the building and the occupants, creating opportunities for education and inspiration.

The building project also achieved LEED Gold Certification through a number of sustainable building systems such as rainwater catchment and reuse for flushing bathroom fixtures, increased ventilation rates for improved indoor air quality, heat recovery from the West Campus Utility Plant for heating, as well as highly efficient radiant heating and cooling made possible by high-performance window and wall assemblies.

“We’re delighted the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health was recognized with these well-deserved honors,” said Ali Mokdad, the university’s chief strategy officer for population health and professor of health metrics sciences at IHME. “The intentional design of this building is going to be transformational to the university’s efforts to spur interdisciplinary collaboration to address some of the big challenges we face to our collective health and well-being.”

The main floor study and gathering area is surrounded by art. Here one of five light boxes in RYAN! Feddersen’s installation called “Antecedents” connects the space with concepts in Plateau tribes’ origin stories.