RICHLAND, Wash. — The Wine Science Center Development Authority has selected Lydig Construction Inc. and ALSC Architects of Spokane to design and construct a $23 million research and teaching facility at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland.
“The design-build team of Lydig Construction and ALSC Architects had the overall highest score in all categories during the procurement process,” said Rob McKinney, chair of the Wine Science Center Development Authority.
“Lydig and ALSC conceptualized the Wine Science Center as an iconic structure that will attract world-class researchers and future students to the wine industry in Washington state, plus provide a great visitor experience within the facility,” McKinney said. “The Lydig and ALSC team has a proven and excellent reputation of successfully delivering design-build projects and we look forward to working with them on this exciting project.”
The Wine Science Center will have approximately 39,300 gross square feet and is being designed to LEED Silver standards. The conceptual design by Lydig and ALSC includes a research and teaching winery, state-of-the-art research laboratories, classrooms, conference rooms, and a regional and international wine library. A dramatic central lobby will provide views of the research winery floor and outdoors toward the Columbia River and the WSU Tri-Cities campus. The glass lobby also opens to exterior landscaped plazas on each side of the building.
McKinney added that the complex elements of the Wine Science Center design will set the standard for future facilities at WSU Tri-Cities. As a landmark at the corner of George Washington Way and University Drive in Richland, the building will be the gateway to the Tri-Cities Research District.
The research and teaching conducted in the Wine Science Center will be specific to the challenges and opportunities faced by grape-growers and wine-makers in the Pacific Northwest. Washington state’s grape and wine industry aims to triple its annual economic impact from $8.6 billion to $25.8 billion by 2020.
The Wine Science Center Development Authority is a unique partnership managed by the City of Richland. The land is donated by the Port of Benton. The fund-raising and financing is led by Washington State University. FLAD Architects and Meier Engineering serve as the program architect, and Hill International is the project management firm.
More than $18 million has been pledged in the past two years for the Wine Science Center project, including contributions from the Washington State Wine Commission for $7.4 million through industry assessments, the state of Washington’s $5 million Legislative grant toward construction, a U.S. Economic Development Administration grant of $2.06 million for equipment, numerous corporate and private commitments, plus in-kind donations of equipment and professional services.
The Wine Campaign is in the final stages of fund-raising to complete construction and to fully equip the facility. For more details, including a video about the value of the Wine Science Center, visit wine.wsu.edu/campaign/.
With the selection of Lydig and ALSC, work is to begin immediately to convert the conceptual look into design documents. Construction is expected to start this fall, with the building completed in late 2014. Lydig has an office in Kennewick and, also in partnership with ALSC, designed and built the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.
WSU has been involved in wine-related research since the 1930s, and is the only university in the Pacific Northwest offering bachelor’s and graduate degrees in viticulture and enology, a wine business management program plus a distance education program to earn a professional certificate. Thomas Henick-Kling joined WSU in 2009 as director of the Viticulture and Enology Program, which has more than 30 faculty members in the Tri-Cities, Prosser, and Pullman.
Find more details on the WSCDA at www.ci.richland.wa.us/winesciencecenter.
Gary Ballew, Wine Science Center Development Authority, City of Richland, Economic Development Manager, 509-942-7763, cell 509-554-1260, firstname.lastname@example.org
About WSU Tri-Cities
Washington State University Tri-Cities is located along the scenic Columbia River in Richland, Wash. Established in 1989 with upper division and graduate programs, WSU Tri-Cities expanded in 2007 to a full four-year undergraduate campus offering 18 bachelor’s, 10 master’s, and six doctoral degree programs. Learn about the most diverse campus in the WSU system at tricities.wsu.edu or call 509-372-7250. For details about WSU’s Viticulture and Enology Program visit wine.wsu.edu.
About Lydig Construction, Inc.
Incorporated in 1956, Lydig Construction, Inc. is built on the tradition of fairness, excellence in craftsmanship and pride of a loyal and professional staff. Lydig has constructed and administered a wide range of projects from educational, retail, medical, detention, office, mission critical, hospitality, industrial and distribution facilities to smaller historical renovation, tenant improvement, capital improvement and seismic upgrade work. Lydig employs more than 140 full-time office and field employees, with a total workforce (including field and trades people) fluctuating between 175 and 225 people, depending upon the current workload. With headquarters in Spokane, Lydig has offices in Bellevue and the Tri-Cities. For more information, visit www.lydig.com or call 509-543-0451.
About ALSC Architects
With offices in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, ALSC Architects is one of the region’s leading architectural firms. The company provides professional planning and design services for projects ranging from education to retail, and military to sports and recreation. Founded in 1948, ALSC Architects employs 40 professionals. More information about the company is available at www.alscarchitects.com or call 509-838-8568.