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July 17, 2017

UW campus plan shows 86 sites for development

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About 6 million square feet of new buildings could be constructed under the 10-year plan.

The University of Washington has issued the final master plan and environmental impact statement that will guide development on the 640-acre Seattle campus until 2028.

“This plan provides the flexibility the university needs to respond to demands for space, but also changes in how students learn and do research,” said Theresa Doherty, senior project director for the plan, in a news release.

The final document responds to comments on the draft master plan and EIS. Many changes were made, such as shorter buildings for the West and South campuses, according to the UW.

The final plan shows 86 potential development sites where 6 million square feet of new buildings could be constructed.

Half of the new space would be built on West Campus.

Here's the breakdown of the remaining space: 1.35 million square feet on South Campus; 900,000 square feet on Central Campus; and 750,000 square feet on East Campus.

The additional space will accommodate what is expected to be a 15 percent increase in the number of students, staff and faculty between 2018 and 2028.

The UW expects that the board of regents and Seattle City Council will review and adopt the plan in early 2018.

The documents can be found at http://cpd.uw.edu/campus-master-plan.

Sasaki Associates is the lead consultant. Other team members are: Transpo Group, transportation; Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, land use attorney; and EA Engineering, Science and Technology, environmental impact statement.

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