Telling tales about buildings, their performance, the process of how they came together, how people feel, perceive, or behave inside them is more than documenting a building performance, taking its vital statistics, or conducting a post occupancy evaluation of its spaces. It is a comprehensive methodology of integrating techniques and tools of both the physical and socio-psychological sciences in a way that enriches the data we gather in, out, and about buildings so as to tell an interesting and comprehensive story about a building's history, design, and performance. This paper reports on a comprehensive building-in-use evaluation of an educational facility on a Pacific Northwest university campus. We have employed a variety of protocols and instruments to assess the overall quality inside offices and classrooms from an inclusive systemic perspective that acknowledges the physical, psychological, organizational, and social processes that affect occupants' interaction with their buildings as well as the process of designing a sustainable work place. We have collected indoor climate data information using a programmable Energy Management System that collected climate trends in offices, classrooms, and other educational and common use spaces inside the building. In addition we have conducted a cross-sectional web-based survey on a stratified random sample of students (n=450), faculty (n=65), and staff (n=110) working in the building. The survey was followed by focus group meeting with the building's users groups. The findings suggest that people are able to tolerate higher levels of discomfort in spaces where they can posses more control and that offer them a sense of pride with their surroundings. The paper concludes with a model of sustainable place experience. The hope that this model could be used to assess environmental quality in buildings as well as provide patterns of sustainable design through learning from buildings and their underlying tales.