WSU Wine Science Center

WSU Wine Science Center

The Ste. Michelle Estates WSU Wine Science Center is located along the Columbia River in Richland, the heart of Washington wine country. This is a unique, landmark project that now houses one of only two Enology/Viticulture research programs in the nation.

These are programs where the science of winemaking and the cultivation of grapevines is studied. The building includes a combination of traditional classroom space, research labs, a large event space, and an industrial space to be used as a working winery where the grapes are crushed, fermented, stored, and bottled right on site.

Rustin Hall, ALSC Architects, and principal-in-charge of this project stated, “The organizing thought for the project was ‘rough to refined, from field to barrel.’ This comes from the entire process of making wine from a natural fruit and refining it to something that is highly prized. We wanted to express that notion in the materiality of the building.”

View the entire project:

WSU Wine Science Center Project Profile