UW Bothell and Cascadia College to celebrate the grand opening of the student Activities and Recreation Center

September 30, 2015
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UW Bothell and Cascadia College to celebrate the grand opening of the student Activities and Recreation Center

Bothell, Wash. – On Wednesday, October 7, the University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College will celebrate the grand opening of the new Activities and Recreation Center, a building project jointly funded by student activity fees from both institutions. The $20 million, 36,000 square foot facility is expected to quickly become the hub of student life on an expanding Bothell campus.

The modern and colorful three-story building is outfitted with the latest technology and has offices for student life and government groups, multiple meeting spaces, fitness areas and a space for large student events and activities. On any given day, there are thousands of students on the campus. The center is intended to meet the needs of the growing and diverse student population.

Dominick Juarez is the president of the Associated Students of UW Bothell. “As students at UW Bothell, we have the opportunity to build what there isn’t on campus,” he says. “That usually means building clubs and programs to enrich the student experience. The Activities & Recreation Center will act as a catalyst in shifting us from a commuter student body to a communal one. We will be able to relax, study and collaborate to make positive change on our campus and throughout our community.”

Cascadia Student Government President Elise Saracino says the building is a source of student pride for many reasons, “The Activities and Recreation Center isn’t just a new flashy building with bright colors. It’s so much more than that. This building has been discussed for a number of years – seven, to be exact – and to comprehend that this structure is a result of student contribution just goes to show how powerful our voices are.”

The Activities and Recreation Center, designed by LMN and built by Skanska, connects to the North Creek Events Center at its top floor and is adjacent to UW Bothell’s Sports and Recreation Complex, which opened in 2012. It also overlooks the shared North Creek Wetlands. The center was designed with sustainable features such as natural ventilation and sustainable building materials. As students enter through the main lobby, they will find a reception desk made from reclaimed wood.

UW Bothell just welcomed its largest first year class ever and serves more than 5,000 students – 90 percent from the state of Washington. With the opening of Discovery Hall science and academic building in 2014, the Student Activities Center, and several other building projects, UW Bothell is positioned to serve an additional 1,000 students within the next two years.

About Cascadia: Cascadia Community College specializes in university transfer education. It is nationally recognized for its high transfer rate and for its emphasis on collaborative and active learning across disciplines.

About UW Bothell: Ranked No. 1 in the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest on Money magazine’s list of best colleges, UW Bothell provides access to an exceptional University of Washington education for students of tremendous potential. Offering more than 45 undergraduate and graduate degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, UW Bothell builds regional partnerships, inspires change, creates knowledge, shares discoveries and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond.

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