UW Bothell UWB 3 Groundbreaking Celebrations Held Today

Monday, May 14, 2012

CONTACT: Richard Penny, (425) 352-3395,  pennyr2@uw.edu

BOTHELL, Wash. – This morning, May 25th, UW Bothell students, faculty, staff and friends gathered together and celebrated the groundbreaking for construction on the UW Bothell Science and Academic Building, which will be known as UWB-3.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held at 11 a.m. next to the UWB-3 construction site located near the center of campus. In the background towered a yellow backhoe set against a perfectly blue Seattle sky. Special guests UW President Michael Young and Senator Rosemary McAuliffe spoke to a crowd of nearly 200. ASUWB President Frederic Hensen thanked all of those involved with the project on behalf of UW Bothell students. Chancellor Kenyon Chan served as master of ceremonies.

Several dignitaries attended including: Senator Maralyn Chase; and state representatives Luis Moscoso, Derek Stanford and Larry Springer; Kenmore Mayor David Baker and Mayor of the City of Bothell Mark Lamb. The UW Husky Pep Band performed, and Holly the Husky was mingling with the crowd. Following the ceremony guests were encouraged to stay and enjoy cupcakes, coffee, conversation, and campus tours.

Construction is now officially underway on the 74,000-square-foot building, which 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.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell provides an internationally and nationally-ranked university experience that inspires innovation and creativity. With more than 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, and critical thinking. UW Bothell builds regional partnerships, inspires change, creates knowledge, shares discoveries and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond.