Hermanson Shares in Accolades for UW Hans Rosling Center for Population Health

Nov 16, 2021 | Source: Marketing Department

The University of Washington Hans Rosling Center for Population Health building on the Seattle campus has achieved international notoriety and won numerous awards for its ground-breaking use of Progressive Design-Build to achieve a world-class facility.


By the time the Project Team stepped onto the stage to accept the Design-Build Project of the Year award at DBIA’s annual conference in Denver last week, they had already received numerous awards and accolades.  As the mechanical partner for the project, Hermanson can also share in the pride and acceptance of the project’s awards. 



DBIA’s National Project/Team awards are given annually to projects that exemplify the principles of Design-Build Done Right®.

Through the collaborative design efforts of UW Facilities, the Lease Crutcher Lewis/Miller Hull team, and major design-build subcontractors including Hermanson/PAE (Mechanical) and Veca Electric (Electrical), this project integrates classroom, research, and office space for health sciences programs, including the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation, the Department of Global Health, and portions of the School of Public Health.  The first of its kind to use the Progressive Design-Build delivery approach for planning and design at UW, the building has set a precedent for future projects.

 “The use of Progressive Design-Build resulted in a project ahead of schedule, under budget, and without overage claims,” notes H2O Business Unit Leader, Eric van der Veen, “Transitioning from the traditional MCCM delivery, Hermanson partnered with PAE from the earliest design stages to identify and integrate potential efficiencies in the construction process.”



2021 AIA Award of Merit



The pre-construction collaboration involved “Co-Location Big Room” meetings that occurred weekly over an eighteen-month period.  The meetings were attended by the general contractor, architect, engineering staff and specialty sub-contractors.  During the all-day meetings, BIM Details, Project Managers, Foreman, and Superintendents went over design and constructability issues.  “Collaboration continued even into the construction phase,” recalls Project Manager, Eddie Baker, “The owner’s rep, general contractor, architect, and all specialty trades shared a common job trailer throughout the project to keep lines of communication open.”

Pop Health recently achieved LEED Gold Certification based on criteria set for health, safety, and sustainability.  Hermanson was responsible for the piping and plumbing of the rainwater catchment system that collects, filters and re-uses a minimum of 75% of the rainwater that lands on all the flat surfaces of the building.  That water is used in 100% of the flushing of all toilets and urinals and is connected to a dashboard that presents data, flow rates, and water savings for proof-of-concept sustainability studies. 




2021 National DBIA Award of Merit in Education Facilities


In response to UW’s desire to incorporate innovative practices in their design, Hermanson facilitated the use of Multitrade Racks (MTR) between sheet metal, mechanical piping, electrical, and ceiling contractors.  Hermanson designed MEP coordination and installation by ‘flying’ the rack through the side of the building.  The MTRs provide safer working conditions in a more controlled shop environment, reduce parking and construction on campus, and minimize the space needed for trade workers on the site. 

Can you identify the MTRs in the video?

Other highlights of the UW Pop Health project include: 


  • Installation of over 900 chilled beams throughout building
  • Laid +/- 2,000 LF of in slab radiant slab heating piping
  • Full buildout of Starbucks in L1 lobby
  • Design included Safe Access, Maintenance, Prevention Through Design for high-risk activities
    • Design of picking points for removal of all equipment
    • Adequate pathways for equipment removal
    • Safe access plan to maintenance, repair, replacement of each individual piece of equipment on the project
  • Project scope included an enabling project to relocate UW employees that were previously working in a location that lived on the project footprint
  • Project scope included significant UW tunnel work to tie into the UW Campus Chilled Water, Steam, and Steam Condensate


Amsterdam’s Design Forum
Short Listed in Educational Spaces

Not only was the project delivered under budget, but it exceeded the contract schedule by three months.  The project’s success has resulted in Hermanson being awarded the UW Life Sciences Building once again as a Progressive Design-Build delivery with the same design team as Population Health.

Also recognized by DBIA was the Parrington Hall project which received a 2021 National Award - Merit for Rehabilitation, Renovation, and Restoration.

Congratulations to all the design and trade partners that worked on these projects!