Pierce College Rainier Science and Technology

2009

The Rainier Building compliments the surrounding topography by cascading down the hillside at the north end of the Fort Steilacoom campus.  The 80,000 SF structure is designed with three structural steel framed classroom pods.  Each pod is tailored to its program – while one provides a two-story planetarium dome, another has strict vibration criteria to accommodate scientific equipment.  The three pods are connected by two large multi-story winter garden spaces that are framed in steel in order to bring natural light into the building.  This project achieved LEED® Gold certification.