WSU wins award, PACCAR Environmental Technology Building nears completion

by Gail Kinner

Washington State University (WSU) received the CleanTech Achievement Award from CleanTech Alliance Washington this past Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

Thomas Ranken, president and CEO of the alliance, praised the university for “…shaping our current and future cleantech innovators across sustainable energy, environment and agriculture.” In just the past five years, WSU filed 198 provisional and full cleantech patents and signed 55 licensing agreements and seven start-up company spinoffs.

WSU addresses energy needs with 16 research centers and labs leading the way in aviation biofuels, smart grid, advanced composite and bio-based materials, anaerobic digestion, air and water quality, sustainable building design, and organic and precision agriculture.

One such hub for thought leadership is the new 96,000 sf PACCAR Environmental Technology building (PETB), which was designed and built in partnership with University Mechanical Contractors and Skanska USA. The PETB is constructed with many renewable materials, including wood composites, recycled concrete, and pervious pavement.

This new facility is dedicated to interdisciplinary cleantech development and incorporates technologies developed at WSU including water capture and re-use, heat recovery, individual control of air quality factors, maximized daylighting, and optimal siting and incorporation into its landscape. These and many other features will make PETB the “greenest” facility built to date on the WSU Pullman campus, and it stands as a further testament that WSU will continue to be a cornerstone in the cleantech economy for years to come.

Congratulations to WSU on the prestigious award and a huge thank you to everyone involved in the design and construction of the PETB.