University of Washington Science Programs to be Housed in New Building with Public, Private Tenants

A view of the new planned building. (CannonDesign image)

Several science programs at the University of Washington will expand into part of a planned 11-story building approved by the UW Board of Regents that will include a range of tenants.

“University occupancy provides an opportunity to work closely with other public and private sector tenants in the building who are working on compatible research and technologies,” said UW Regents meeting materials.

A “significant” portion of the building is planned for the UW’s Clean Energy Institute, the Brotman Baty Institute and the Institute for Protein Design, according to a UW press release announcing the plans Monday.

The building will be constructed in the western portion of the campus, an area recently renamed “Portage Bay Crossing”. The university sees the area as a place where multiple fields can come together and collaborate with “business, government, nonprofits and the Seattle community,” according to the release. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2023.

The western part of the UW campus, intended as an area for collaboration between various business and non-profit organizations, is called “Portage Bay Crossing”. (YOUR image)

The project involves the leasing of land owned by UW for 80 years to the developer, Wexford Science & Technology, who will lease the building to the UW. Ownership of the building reverts to the UW after 80 years. A spokesperson called the scheme a “newer approach to development for the UW.”

The building will have 340,000 square feet of lettable space and the UW can rent up to 130,000 square feet, or about four floors.

“This is an important milestone for UW and we are so excited to expand into the area west of campus and begin to define Portage Bay Crossing as a new place for discovery and innovation,” said UW vice president for facilities Lou Cariello in the release. † “We see this as a vibrant and vibrant place with a mix of academic, art, culture and retail spaces where students, researchers and others can participate in support of the UW’s learning, research, healthcare and public service missions. .”

Existing buildings at 3917 and 3935 University Way will be demolished for the new 1.3-acre site, which is located just south of NE 40th Street, and is bounded by Brooklyn Avenue NE to the west, University Way NE to the east, and the Burke-Gilman Trail and NE Pacific Street to the south.

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