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Top 20 Public Construction Projects of 1998
January 21, 1999

Alternative Bid Project 3 - University of Washington Bothell Branch Campus

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University of Washington Bothell Branch Campus
Rendering of the UW Bothell Branch Campus.
Project description: The University of Washington will be sharing campus space with Cascadia Community College at the new Bothell branch campus being built under a general contractor/construction management contract. Much of the classroom space will be shared by both schools in this unique partnership,including science labs and communications facilities.

The initial phase of the project consists of a library for both schools and two classroom buildings -- one for the University of Washington and the other for Cascadia. The first phase will accommodate 2,000 full time students. The first-phase buildings will be four stories tall and will be built using poured-in-place concrete with brick exteriors and sloping metal roof sections.

The largest building will be the University of Washington classroom building at 117,000 square feet. The library will be 88,000 square feet and the Cascadia classroom building 74,000 square feet. The library will consist of two sections -- one square and the other rectangular -- connected by a glass-enclosed bridge. A full-service cafeteria is part of the second phase which will be ready fall, 2003. The second phase is expected to include two more classroom buildings and a library addition. A campus green and a series of walkways and trails will be developed on the 127-acre site located in the northwest quadrant where Interstate 405 and State Highway 522 intersect.

A new channel will be carved for North Creek, which has flowed through a manmade channel on the site for 80 years. Trees and shrubs will be planted along the stream bank and there will be a large wetlands buffer. Six major bid packages, ranging from electrical work to sitework utilities and foundation work, have been secured and the remainder of the bid packages will be advertised through May 1999.

Address: Intersection of I-405 and SR 522, Beardsley Blvd., Bothell, WA.
Original contract amount: Phase I: $90.9 million; Phase II (pre-design and design only): $6 million
Start of construction: May 1998.
Expected completion date: Phase I: June 2000, Phase IIA: June 2001.
Contractor: M.A. Mortenson Construction Company, 10900 NE Eighth St., 810 Plaza Building, Bellevue, WA 98004-4405, (425) 451-1305.
Architect: NBBJ, 111 South Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104, (206) 223-5555.
Owner: Washington State Department of General Administration.

Project participants:

  • Abacus
  • Active Construction
  • Candela Architectural Lighting Consultants
  • CDi Mechancial Engineers
  • Earthwork and Utilities
  • GeoEngineers
  • Graybar Electric
  • Greenbusch Group
  • KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • L.C. Lee & Associates
  • Mortenson, Otak Inc.
  • Shear Transport, George Sollit, Sparling Inc.
  • Taylor Mayfield
  • Valley Electric
  • WA Botting Co.
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