Husky Union Building @ UW

The renovation of the Husky Union Building (HUB) at the University of Washington was the most extensive since the building's original construction in 1948.

The project utilized many reclaimed materials to bridge the University's past to its future. Additionally, Eastern Elm was used throughout the project for its softer caramel hues and rich, lively grain patterns.

I.W.S. worked closely with Perkins + Will Architects  to engineer the 22 nearly 20' tall pivoting elm panels. "These automatically rotating 'fins' are the first of their kind and the result of a multi-trade collaboration," says architect Scheer Chan.

Communication and collaboration are key reasons why I.W.S. continues to grow. General Contractors come back to I.W.S. time-and-time-again.

Renovation Featured in Design Solutions

I.W.S. and the Husky Union Building renovation project were featured in Architectural Woodwork Institute's Design Solutions quarterly magazine Summer of 2013.

We are honored to have been presented with the 2014 Standard of Excellence Award by the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI).

This award distinguishes the finest custom architectural woodwork projects and acknowledges the efforts of the architects, design professionals and architectural woodworkers.


Seattle, Washington

General Contractor

Skanska USA


Perkins + Will – Seattle, WA


October 2012

Photo Credits

Benjamin Benschneider
Benjamin Benschneider Photography, Seattle, WA

Project Features

  • 22 - 15'-6" Tall Eastern Elm 'Fins'
  • Eastern Elm Mural Wall
  • Wall & Ceiling Panels
  • Benches
  • FSC Certified Woods

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