Modern university buildings elevate their commitment to relevant causes
Written by Jack Jackson
GONZAGA UNIVERSITY’S $56 MILLION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FACILITY
This fall, Gonzaga University’s new $56 million John and Joan Bollier Family Center for Integrated Science and Engineering facility will open to students and faculty, ushering in a new phase in STEM-related education. The 82,680-square-foot building will allow faculty and students to engage in theoretical and applied science in a new learning environment.
UW $224.5 MILLION MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY
University of Washington is going big into mental health with a more than 190,000-square-foot, $224.5 million state-of-the-art Behavioral Health Teaching Facility (BHTF) at the UW Medical Center Northwest. The new building is designed “to create a noninstitutional setting that promotes well-being, healing, and learning for patients, staff, visitors and trainees in a welcoming and safe environment,” according to UW’s website. Expected completion is fall 2023.
WESTERN WASHINGTON PRIORITIZES BLACK STUDENTS WITH NEW RESIDENCE HALL
This fall, Black students at Bellingham’s Western Washington University will have priority in a new 400-bed dorm. Named for WWU’s first Black student, Alma Clark Glass, who first arrived on campus in January 1906, the new dorm will “create an added level of psychological comfort and safety for those who choose to live in those spaces,” according to WWU’s website.