The University of Washington’s Hans Rosling Center for Population Health was recently awarded the National DBIA awards for Project of the Year, Best in Architecture and top Education Project!

This is another great success for our Northwest design and construction industry, the second year in a row that we have secured DBIA “Project of the Year” in our region.  It is great national recognition that the Northwest is a national leader of Progressive Design-Build Done Right ®!

The Hans Rosling Center is the University of Washington’s first and largest Integrated Design-Build project, delivered with Lease Crutcher Lewis and The Miller Hull Partnership. “Integrated Design-Build” is a form of Progressive Design-Build incorporating IPD principles developed by the University of Washington.

The 290,000-square-foot, 9-story nexus for interdisciplinary research, teaching and innovation houses the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the Department of Global Health, the Population Health Initiative, and portions of the School of Public Health. The Hans Rosling Center enhances collaboration around understanding and addressing our world’s biggest challenges, such as poverty, equity, healthcare access, climate change and global health impacts, like COVID-19.

“While doing a project like this with a new delivery method could be seen as a risk, we could not be more

pleased with the level of collaboration and innovation the team demonstrated to deliver a high

quality, well-designed facility with many enhancements to serve the institution,” said Steve Tatge, Interim Associate Vice President for Asset Management for the University of Washington. “We were fortunate to be able to engage an extremely high-performing team that embraced the chance to collaborate as the contract encourages, and they produced a legacy building that will support important work with a global impact,” he said.

From the very beginning, Miller Hull, Lease Crutcher Lewis and the University of Washington acknowledged that project success could be best achieved through trust, respect and clear communication. By bringing together experts from a variety of backgrounds as a Risk-Reward team, the design-build team was able to identify the critical needs of each party and understand their impacts and interests on one another. Thanks to the dedication of the design-build team and its risk reward partners, the project completed design, permitting and construction in just 3 years—much faster than typical projects of this scale. The project team also added nine million dollars of enhancements and returned six and a half million dollars in savings—a true testament to the value design-build teams can deliver for Owners.

Congratulations to the entire Hans Rosling Center for Population Health project team!