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April 30, 2015

UW planning $110M Allen Center expansion

  • The building would allow the UW to double the number of computer science and engineering degrees it grants each year.
  • Image courtesy of the University of Washington [enlarge]
    This is a 2013 concept rendering. LMN Architects was selected in January to design the project.

    The University of Washington is seeking a general contractor/construction manager for a $110 million building for the computer science and engineering department.

    The maximum allowable construction cost is estimated at $63.3 million.

    The 130,000-square-foot building would allow the department to double the number of degrees it grants each year, from around 300 to 600.

    UW opened the 160,000-square-foot Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering in fall 2003, but officials say the building is “overflowing and must expand in response to high demand.”

    The new building would be west of the Allen Center, between More Hall and the Mechanical Engineering Building. Snohomish Lane, a major walkway, would be reconfigured and integrated into the design. The site would also likely include a portion of Jefferson Road.

    A tunnel may be built to connect the new building to the Allen Center.

    LMN Architects designed the Allen Center and will be the architect for the new building. M.A. Mortenson Co. was the general contractor for the Allen Center.

    Other team members for the new building include Stantec, electrical engineer; Affiliated Engineers, mechanical engineer; Magnusson Klemencic Associates, structural engineer; and GLS Landscape.

    Proposals are due to the university by May 8. A GC/CM will be selected by June 22. See the notice in the April 17 DJC for more details.

    The new building will have a lecture hall, classrooms, seminar rooms and conference areas. Offices, common areas, and research and instructional labs are also planned.

    Construction would begin in September 2016 and finish in time for fall classes in 2018.

    UW is seeking $40 million in state funding for the project. The rest would be raised from private donors.

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