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Today, opportunities abound for graduates in the sciences to make an impact in society. Therefore, as part of its vision for engaging the culture, Seattle Pacific University sought new levels of academic excellence in the sciences.

Involvement in undergraduate research is the most important element in the future of undergraduate education nationwide. And SPU’s undergraduate research in the sciences will now rise to the next level in its science building. Acting as a catalyst for discovery throughout the SPU sciences, Philip W. and Sharon K. Eaton Hall offers SPU students the competitive edge that today’s scientific marketplace demands.

Unique Features


  • Opening Autumn Quarter 2003, the Eaton Hall supports biology, chemistry and psychology programs.
  • The building is 63,237 square feet in size, with four floors.
  • Contains eight dedicated undergraduate research laboratories.
  • Includes specialized functional areas, including a neurophysiology lab, imaging suite with electron microsopy and a cell culture room.
  • Contains an integrated greenhouse and cold room.
  • Holds 10 teaching laboratories designed for specific classes.
  • Has three instrument rooms shared between classrooms.

Building Facts


  • Eaton Hall is one of the first buildings in Seattle certified by the U.S. Green Building Council to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (L.E.E.D.) Silver Status due to sustainable design and construction practices.
  • 93 percent of the construction waste was recycled, including materials from the demolition of Tiffany and Green Halls.
  • More than 50 percent of the Tiffany Hall exterior brick are being used as pavers around the science building and Tiffany Loop area.
  • More than 14,000 cubic yards (i.e., 1,556 truckloads) of dirt were removed during excavation.
  • More than 5,000 cubic yards (i.e., 556 truckloads) of concrete went into the building.
  • More than 425 tons of steel reinforce the building’s concrete structure.
  • Contains more than 45 miles of telecommunications cabling to connect 956 data jacks.
  • Has 40 watts per square foot of electrical capacity.
  • More than 1.8 miles of 4-inch conduit were placed underground for intercampus telecommunications connectivity between Falcon Apartments and the Bertona Classrooms, intersecting many campus buildings along the way.
  • Approximately 140,000 worker hours went into construction.
  • Cost of the project was $381 per square foot, or a total of $24.1M.

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