Along with the Keystone Building immediately to the east, the Science Building, designed by Loschky, Marquardt and Nesholm Architects (LMN), was part of Phase 2a of the university’s master plan. The building, with its laboratories, classrooms, and faculty offices entirely of new construction, was the first purpose-built science building on campus, and one of the two first buildings constructed anew at the University of Washington Tacoma.
The Science Building’s red brick–clad vertical exterior strips reference the material palette of surrounding older buildings, while its largely unadorned exterior and large expanses of glass recall their industrial purpose. The southern facade has a two-story-tall glass wall admitting natural light into the wide stair hall and lobby on the south side of the building. A small greenhouse graces the roof.