WSU honors major donation from PACCAR

PACCAR-building-250PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd announced today that the College of Engineering and Architecture will name its newest building in recognition of PACCAR’s major donation to the school. The new 96,000 square foot building will be named the PACCAR Environmental Technology Building, and will be a hub for faculty from engineering, the sciences, and allied fields to engage in cutting-edge interdisciplinary environmental technology research and education.

“We are very appreciative to PACCAR for its extraordinary gift in support of WSU’s innovative and productive research and education programs,” said Floyd. “PACCAR is a global technology leader that has generously supported outstanding educational institutions on many continents. We are proud to partner with PACCAR and are confident that this gift will contribute to WSU’s excellence in providing leading-edge science education to our students as well as sparking meaningful technological advances to support Washington’s industries and economy today and in the future.”

Dr. Candis Claiborn, dean of WSU’s College of Engineering and Architecture, said, “PACCAR’s generosity will enable university researchers to address energy efficient design and infrastructure, and air and water quality issues. The new shared common space for interdisciplinary research will create a synergy to drive innovation and find new solutions to complex problems that can be transferred to industry for commercialization. This extraordinary gift will enable the school to accelerate the establishment of a world-class facility and accomplish WSU’s long-term vision to be a research university that contributes to the prosperity and the economic vitality of our state and region. The direct result of this gift will be the creation of a state-of-the-art facility that will redefine the school’s physical presence and enhance the learning environment in the years to come. The gift will also strengthen the recruitment of world-class faculty and attract the best and brightest students.”

The PACCAR Environmental Technology Building will be the cornerstone of a new engineering district on WSU’s Pullman campus. Groundbreaking took place on March 5 and construction will be completed in October 2015. The 96,000 square foot building, designed by LMN Architects, will house research programs involving renewable materials, sustainable infrastructure, water quality and the environment and atmospheric research. The PACCAR Environmental Technology Building will offer a combination of laboratories, faculty office space, an auditorium, and student lounges. Designed to create a highly engaging on-campus research experience, the building will be a product of the 21st century in form and function. The building will be constructed using renewable materials and technologies developed at WSU, including wood composites, recycled concrete, and pervious pavement. The building is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, and will be the “greenest” building to date on WSU’s Pullman campus.

Mark Pigott, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PACCAR Inc ( shared, “We are pleased to provide one of the important building blocks to Washington State University in the development of its interdisciplinary environmental technology initiative that will benefit students and the region for many years. PACCAR has recruited excellent employees from WSU for many decades and this investment will provide another strong link in our robust relationship.”

PACCAR is a Fortune 200 global technology company and a leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of premium light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. The company also provides financial services, information technology and aftermarket customer support. PACCAR is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, USA. PACCAR shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, symbol PCAR.

PACCAR’s commitment is part of the Campaign for Washington State University. Since July 2006, more than $880 million has been committed to increase support for WSU’s students, faculty, research, and programs, and to leverage the University’s impact across the state, nation, and world.


Trevor Durham, WSU Foundation, 509-335-2093,

Ken Hastings, PACCAR Inc, 425-468-7530,