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  • Natural Resources Building by Fentress Architects
  • Natural Resources Building by Fentress Architects
  • Natural Resources Building by Fentress Architects
  • Natural Resources Building by Fentress Architects
  • Natural Resources Building by Fentress Architects
  • Natural Resources Building by Fentress Architects

Natural Resources Building

Olympia, Washington777,000 sfCompletion 1992

Recipient of the Architecture and Energy Building Excellence Award in 1993, the Natural Resources Building officially established Fentress as a pioneer in sustainable design.

As the first design in the nation to incorporate indoor air quality improvement as a goal, it guided the development of industry standards such as specifying low-VOC materials and implementing recycling and construction waste management. Fentress' design recalls the State Capitol campus' geometry. The building's main section consists of a 675-foot curved façade, anchored by an off-center rotunda that serves to orient visitors. Innovative laboratory space, responding to 21 specific research focus areas, further reflects the essence of the environmental agencies' identity and mission.

Natural Resources Building by Fentress Architects