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November 16, 2017

UW: Top 10 capital projects

Most of the University of Washington’s biggest projects are research buildings, but it’s a student housing complex that tops the list.

A trio of North Campus residence halls are set to open next year at a cost of $253 million. Other projects include a new Burke Museum and a second-phase build-out of the Montlake Tower hospital building.

The projects are ranked by budget. All are in planning or construction, or have been completed in the last year. The information came from the UW News office and UW Capital Planning and Development records.



1. North Campus student housing phase 4a

Replaces McCarty Hall with three new buildings containing a total of nearly 1,800 student beds. Read more here.

Budget: $253 million

Location: Seattle

Architect: KieranTimberlake

General contractor: W.G. Clark Construction

Construction finish: July 2018



2. Population Health Building

A 300,000-square-foot office and classroom building to house the UW’s new Population Health Initiative.

Budget: $230 million

Location: Seattle

Architect: Miller Hull Partnership

General contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis

Construction finish: March 2020



3. UWMC expansion phase 2

A build-out of shelled spaces in UW Medical Center’s new Montlake Tower. Another 125,000 square feet in Pacific and Cascade towers are being renovated.

Budget: $198.3 million

Location: Seattle

Architect: NBBJ

General contractor: Mortenson

Construction finish: February 2018



4. Life Sciences Complex

This 186,700-square-foot biology research building includes an 18,000-square-foot greenhouse. Read more here.

Budget: $171.5 million

Location: Seattle

Architect: Perkins+Will

General contractor: Skanska USA

Construction finish: July 2018



5. School of Medicine South Lake Union 3.2

A 165,000 square-foot building integrating research labs and offices with outpatient clinic space.

Budget: $145 million

Location: South Lake Union

Architect: Perkins+Will

General contractor: Sellen Construction

Construction finish: November 2018



6. Animal Research and Care Facility

A two-story, 83,000-square-foot underground building that connects to the Foege Building and Hitchcock Hall. The building provides flexible housing for large and small animals.

Budget: $142 million

Location: Seattle

Architect: ZGF Architects, Flad Architects

General contractor: Skanska USA

Construction finish: May 2017



7. Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering

This 135,000-square-foot expansion of the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering will provide more space for students, faculty and staff. Read more here.

Budget: $105.5 million

Location: Seattle

Architect: LMN Architects

General contractor: Mortenson

Construction finish: December 2018



8. NanoEngineering and Sciences Building

A six-story, 78,000-square-foot research building connecting to the existing Molecular Engineering & Sciences Building.

Budget: $87.8 million

Location: Seattle

Architect: ZGF Architects

General contractor: Hoffman Construction Co.

Construction finish: July 2017



9. North Campus student housing phase 4b

The second part of the North Campus housing expansion includes a new residence hall with 361 beds. Upgrades to Denny Field and the demolition of Haggett Hall will proceed later, depending on funding.

Budget: $86.2 million

Location: Seattle

Architect: TBD

General contractor: TBD

Construction finish (housing only): August 2020



10. New Burke Museum

A three-story, 110,000-square-foot replacement for the Burke Museum.

Budget: $79.6 million

Location: Seattle

Architect: Olson Kundig

General contractor: Skanska USA

Construction finish: December 2019


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