Pierce College Rainier Building

Pierce College | Lakewood, WA

  • Architect
  • Opsis Architecture
  • Client
  • Pierce College
  • Location
  • Lakewood, WA

Project Overview

When Pierce College began construction of the Rainier Building, they wanted confidence that the building envelope was designed and constructed correctly.  They needed an experienced firm that focused on designing and constructing envelopes right the first time and turned to OAC for help.

The Rainier Building is a science and technology building that houses classrooms, laboratories, and a planetarium.  It consists of three multi-story pods with naturally ventilated, winter garden spaces between pods.  The building was to be sustainable and meet the State’s requirements for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).  The building’s envelope included rainscreen siding, a continuous air barrier, a green roof, photovoltaic panels, and exterior rigid insulation for improved thermal efficiency.

During design, OAC assisted the project architect develop thorough and complete building envelope design documents.  Customized envelope details included isometric detailing of flashing end conditions and transitions.   OAC reviewed the architect’s project specifications and consulted on appropriate and reliable products and systems.

During construction, OAC visited the site to observe the work was being installed per the design documents and helped resolve several challenging construction conditions due to the building’s complex architecture.   Cost benefit analysis of construction modifications were provided by OAC.  OAC also coordinated field water testing of select window and glazing systems.

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