Governor Gregoire Signs Jobs Bill: UW Bothell Set for Science and Academic Building Construction

Friday, April 20, 2012

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BOTHELL, Wash. – Today Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law two bills, senate bill 5127 and senate bill 6074, which enable the University of Washington Bothell to move ahead with construction on its long-anticipated science and academic building to be known as UW 3.

The 74,000-square-foot building will house 11 science labs, several classrooms, gathering space, and a 200-person lecture hall. This space translates into the ability to serve an additional 1,000 students each year. It is the first building to be constructed on the UW Bothell campus in 10 years.

UW Bothell Chancellor Kenyon Chan says he is pleased and thankful the Governor signed these capital investment bills today.

“This funding is critical in the short term to increasing jobs in the construction industry and long term to increasing access to higher education in the state of Washington and preparing students for the science and technology jobs of this region,” Chan says. “Our thanks go out to the Governor and the legislature for making this capital investment.”

Freddie Hensen serves as president of the Association of Students of the University of Washington Bothell (ASUWB), and describes today as thrilling.

“The students are overjoyed with the commitment the state is making in this campus to provide more opportunities for students in the future and our ability to make a difference in the world,” Hensen says.

UW Bothell Chancellor Kenyon Chan says this exciting day marks the beginning of a new era of expansion for UW Bothell.

“This gives UW Bothell the ability to expand access to a high-quality education, providing students, and future students, with the opportunity to realize their educational dreams,” Chan says.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. For more information, visit