Maier Hall, a new arts and humanities building on the Peninsula College campus, exemplifies seamless integration of building and landscape and careful site planning. A curving campus pathway extends from a new campus plaza through the building, where it allows for entry, and ends in a generous overlook to the adjacent wetland. Stormwater from the site, building, and green roof now flows into the wetland.
Native plants that have long term low maintenance needs and are native to the Olympic Peninsula forests were researched and specified. Nakano Associates also rehabilitated the wetland, which now features demonstrative displays of Pacific Northwest native plant communities that double as a resource for art and biology classes. Part of the building is topped by a green roof planted with native epiphytes and ferns. The project is LEED® Gold certified.
Location: Port Angeles, Washington
Client: Peninsula College
Architect: Mithun (designed as Schacht Aslani Architects)
LEED Gold Certified, 2012
AIA Seattle Honor Awards, Merit Award, 2011
American School & University Post-Secondary Citation, 2011
AIA Seattle What Makes It Green?, 2010