Center for Integrated Design

March 17, 2015

A new exhibit opens at the Discovery Commons at the UW Center for Integrated Design

Nexus - ZGF exhibit opening gathering

Nexus – ZGF exhibit opening gathering

The “Nexus” exhibit, developed by ZGF Architects, showcases eight of the firm’s revolutionary examples of high-performance design ranging in size and scope from mixed-used buildings and healthcare facilities to a large-scale Ecodistrict plan. The projects demonstrate ZGF’s commitment to stewardship of the natural environment and resources as well as the creation of built environments that foster and support high-performance people. The exhibit features two groundbreaking net-zero energy projects—the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla, California and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters in Agoura Hills, California—both of which employ sustainability strategies such as on-site harvesting of solar energy, natural ventilation and daylighting, and the integration of high-efficiency building systems to optimize performance. Each of the highlighted projects responds to their individual environment with a wide range of approaches to long-term sustainability, demonstrating ZGF’s philosophy that excellence should be reflected in every aspect of a building—its fit within the community, its function and relationship to users, and its use of resources. ZGF, an award-winning architectural, planning, and interior design firm with over 500 employees nationwide, is an industry leader and pioneer in sustainable design with over 65 projects that have been, or are registered to be, LEED-Platinum, -Gold, or –Silver certified.

The exhibit’s featured projects include:

• Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters, Agoura Hills, CA
• Federal Center South Building 1202, Seattle, WA
• J. Craig Venter Institute, La Jolla, CA
• Rocky Mountain Institute, Office Building, Basalt, CO
• Seattle Children’s Hospital Building Hope: Cancer and Critical Care Expansion, Seattle, WA
• State of Washington, 1063 Block Replacement Project, Olympia, WA
• SW Ecodistrict, Washington, DC
• Twelve | West Mixed-Use Building, Portland, OR

To visit the exhibit, and the Bullitt Center, please visit for various tour and event options.