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October 12, 2011

Boring south: A visit into Sound Transit’s light rail dig (with slide show)

A very special vintage: May, 2011.

UW Photographer Mary Levin was given a rare chance Wednesday, Oct. 12, to tour the underground site of Sound Transits dig for the 3.15-mile University Link light rail line. Here’s what she saw.


SR 520 bridge and highway to close Oct. 15-17

Construction crews will close the State Route 520 bridge and highway Saturday night through Monday morning to set 24 massive concrete girders as part of a new overpass in Medina. Husky fans will still be able to get to and from the game before the road closes for construction.


October 5, 2011

Hall Health ready to show off first renovation in 35 years

The equipment is colorful in  physical therapy's exercise room.

Hall Health will be showing off its remodeled digs at an open house for the upper campus community from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14. An open house for the health sciences community will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Tours will be offered on both days.


September 28, 2011

Two new student residence halls, and an increased commitment to sustainability

On Poplar Hall's second floor is this wall where, if viewed from a distance, the image looks like books on bookshelves. Below, part of the second floor common area.

A new era in University of Washington student housing is beginning this month as Housing & Food Services opens two new buildings — one with student apartments and the other a residence hall with a powerful commitment to sustainability.


UW Bothell to offer limited tours of restored wetlands

Christian Frazar and David Schruth collect water samples from Puget Sound near Seattle.

Register now for tours of the UW Bothell wetlands, set for Oct. 8 and Nov. 4.


September 26, 2011

Is your office green enough to be certified?

The Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (ESS) office has created a Green Office Certification Program.


September 14, 2011

President Young cuts ribbon at new Washington Commons

William H. Gates Sr., left, and UW President Michael Young at the Washington Commons opening.

On Friday, September 9, UW President Michael Young cut the ribbon, marking the official opening of the Washington Commons, the new public space for UW alumni in the UW Tower.


September 12, 2011

UW Bothell breaks ground on new conservatory

On hand for the conservatory groundbreaking were, from left, Community Liaison for U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee Kelly Marquardt, conservatory benefactor Gordon Green, Bothell Mayor Mark Lamb and UW Bothell Vice Chancellor Richard Penny.

A ceremonial groundbreaking for the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory was held Sept. 9 at UW Bothell.


August 31, 2011

UW works to keep Styrofoam out of landfills

Marilyn Lauderdale of V&G Styro Recycle and Phong Pham, UW warehouse worker, sort through Styrofoam boxes in the Bryants Annex. Containers like these are used to ship medical supplies to UW Health Sciences where they are collected by Recycling & Solid Waste.

UW Recycling and Solid Waste started a Styrofoam recycling program a year ago that is now being expanded campuswide.


August 30, 2011

Elm tree to be removed

An elm tree that is east of the flagpole at the south end of Memorial Way is being removed because of Dutch elm disease.


August 17, 2011

New signs of visibility for recently-moved Surplus Property

Its hard to miss the Surplus Store now with its attention-getting paint job.

New signage at the Plant Services Building is helping remind the campus community of Surplus Propertys new location.


August 3, 2011

A lazy life for gull friends in Drumheller Fountain

The sign says "Make way for ducklings," but this week it was baby sea gulls, contentedly lazing on the ramp and growing chubby.

Two baby Glaucous winged sea gulls took up residence in the fountain this week as they grew feathers and prepared to take wing.


July 20, 2011

How is the UW doing in sustainability? Watch the ‘sustainability dashboard and see

Subject cards, prepared by Marilyn Ostergren, are being used as an organizing tool for the ESS sustainability dashboard.

A new website created by the Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Office tracks the UW’s efforts in sustainability and reveals areas where more work is needed.


Whats behind that ‘bicycle friendly designation?

A campus commuter stores her bike in one of the many bike lockers available for rent.

The UW did a lot to earn a place in the League of American Bicyclists’ “Bicycle Friendly Universities” program.


A woodworking IT crew? Entrepreneurial spirit reigns in Classroom Support Services

David Cornwall, left, and David Aldrich wheel in a cabinet which will house the hardware controlling classroom instructional systems.

A small UW support unit is turning its entrepreneurial skills into a major asset, improving technology in classrooms and offering low-cost, high-quality service. A background in woodworking has come in handy, too.


July 13, 2011

Newton apple tree damaged, may be replaced

Members of the Class of 2007 help plant a descendant of the tree that legend says inspired Sir Isaac Newtons Theory of Universal Gravitation.

A Newton apple tree planted on campus by the Class of 2007 has been badly damaged and may not survive, the campus arborist says.


July 7, 2011

Third Phase of UW Medicine research complex breaks ground in South Lake Union district

An architect's rendering of the future UW Medicine South Lake Union Phase 3.1, now under construction.

UW Medicine, Vulcan Real Estate and the National Development Council have announced the start of construction on the third phase of UW Medicines research hub in Seattles South Lake Union neighborhood. Groundbreaking took place July 6.


July 6, 2011

Vendor showcase planned at botanic gardens

The UW Botanic Gardens Vendor Showcase will be held at from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Nearly 50 vendors who have served the gardens rental clients over the years will be on hand.


Cool in a crisis? UW Emergency Management seeks volunteer responders

The Emergency Management Office will train volunteers who are willing to work during times of real emergency.

The UW Emergency Management Office is looking for people — soldiers, not generals — who would be willing to volunteer when the Emergency Operations Center is activated.


June 29, 2011

In case of disaster: A new Emergency Operations Center at UW Tower

Upper: Siri-Elizabeth McLean, Emergency Management Plans and Training Manager.

UW Emergency Management unveils its new, 5,000-square-foot facility at UW Tower (funded by Homeland Security grants), dedicated to getting the University back in business quickly after a disaster.


June 13, 2011

520 bridge to be closed Friday night to Monday morning, June 17-20

The State Route 520 floating bridge and highway will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday, June 17, to 5 a.m. Monday, June 20, between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue. Night work is planned, and neighbors near the work zone are likely to hear construction noise.


June 10, 2011

Utility work starting June 13 affects Burke Gilman Trail

During the weeks of June 13 and June 20, Seattle City Light will be performing utility work on utility poles along the UW section of the Burke Gilman Trail near Montlake Boulevard. Trail users should expect delays and detours throughout the two-week period.


June 1, 2011

Tree donated by grateful patient of UW Regional Heart Center

Former patient Andrew Russell, kneeling,with the sugar pine tree donated in recognition of the staff and care provided at the UW Regional Heart Center. See end of story for the names of others in the photo

The young sugar pine, which patient Andrew Russell grew from a fallen cone seed, was planted near the UW Medical Center Surgery Pavilion. Russell hopes its presence will complement the Cardiac Diagnostic Center’s healing spirit.


May 25, 2011

New design studio in Hutchinson a perfect fit for the School of Drama

The new lighting studio has room for discussion. From left are lecturer Andrew Smith with students Jessica Jones, Nicole Simon, Linnaea Boone Wilson and Andy McGinn.

What used to be a swimming pool in Hutchinson Hall is now an 8,000-square-foot design studio for the School of Drama. Designers are thrilled to be out of their cramped quarters on University Way. “Its a funny thing,” one said. “You even feel cramped in your ideas when youre in that small a space.”


Art being sought for remodeled Hall Health

Amber Bronnum also submitted her work.

When the Hall Health remodel is complete in the fall, the building will feature art by students, faculty and staff. And that art is being solicited now by a committee.


Sound transit looking for artists, holding open houses

Sound transit looking for artists, holding open houses

A lead artist will be hired for each of the three North Link Sound Transit Stations — Brooklyn (U District), Roosevelt and Northgate, and those chosen will work with architects and engineers to produce works of art. Open houses are slated for the Roosevelt and Brooklyn stations.


Sign a beam and ‘become one with the new HUB

Sign a beam and ‘become one with the new HUB

If you miss the HUB during its closure for a major overhaul, staff there would like to get your autograph. On June 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the campus is invited to sign a beam that will go into the HUB as construction continues.


May 16, 2011

‘For our community and our economy: U-Link light rail construction launched

A very special vintage: May, 2011.

A new era for transportation at the UW began Monday,May 16, with the official launching — amid speeches, smiles and blustery weather — of the two tunnel-boring machines that will carve out a new light rail link from the UW to Capitol Hill.


May 11, 2011

Sound Transit slates open houses on new stations

Open houses are scheduled to discuss three Sound Transit Stations.

Sound Transit will be hosting several open houses to show the current design plans for new stations, including the one in the University District, and to hear thoughts and ideas from the community.


May 5, 2011

Drumheller Fountain undergoing maintenance, will return in time for commencement

If youve seen the fence around Drumheller Fountain, you might wonder how 2011 graduates and their friends and relatives will get those great photos traditional for graduation. Not to worry—the fountain is undergoing routine maintenance but should be back to its normal glory by May 27.


May 4, 2011

Campus Society for Ecological Restoration helps ‘recolonize native plants

From left, Jim Cronan, Lloyd Nackley and Tiffany Huelar put in some native plants in a newly cleared plot.

A group of students has been volunteering to make a small corner of campus more attractive. Their mission is to clear out invasive plants and replace them with native ones.


April 27, 2011

Tree count leads Facilities Services to major campus inventory

Tom Pittsford, facilities engineer, campus engineering and operations, takes first-floor elevation readings.

Since 2004, UW Facilities Services has worked with global positioning systems and geographic information systems to electronically map everything theyre responsible for campuswide.


Where minds meet: UW Bothell opens collaborative spaces in Beardslee Building

Top: The Garage, a breakout space in the Beardsleee building's collaboratory that features a wall that can be written on, video monitors and a fold-down door that can isolate the space. Below: The art lab in the newly opened Beardslee Building. The lab is critical component of the interdisciplinary approach to teaching science and technology.

The UWB dedicated the collaboratory, a new open working space, on April 22. Its a place for the open exchange of ideas, supported by design and technology, with a focus on the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math.


April 20, 2011

Construction near Savery and Kane: One plaza redone, one road still under way

People enjoy the new benches on the plaza between Savery and Raitt Halls.

The renovation of Savery Hall was done in 2009. Now money from that project is paying for a new plaza between Savery and Raitt and a new road between Savery and Kane. The plaza was opened at the beginning of spring quarter, while the road is still under construction.


April 7, 2011

SR 520 eastbound ramp to Montlake to close temporarily

The off-ramp from eastbound State Route 520 to Montlake Boulevard will close during the early morning hours Saturday, April 9, and Monday, April 11, so crews can deliver and remove equipment for geotechnical drilling work.


April 6, 2011

Trash-In 2011: A snapshot of campus recycling, composting on April 13

The results of the 2010 Trash-Ins "mini-sort,” arranged in a sort of pie chart. Compostable materials are in green bags, recyclable materials in white and actual garbage in black. "It is really eye-opening to see how much UW ‘trash is actually reusable material,” said Alex Credgington, communications manager for Recycling & Solid Waste.

How far has the campus come in recycling and composting? You have to dig through the trash to tell, and that’s just what folks at the UW Recycling & Solid Waste office will do April 13 in the annex alongside the Bryants Building.


March 30, 2011

Isaac Newton would be proud: One of ‘his apple trees now on campus

Members of the Class of 2007 help plant a descendant of the tree that legend says inspired Sir Isaac Newtons Theory of Universal Gravitation.

No one was hit on the head with an apple, but a descendant of the tree that legend says inspired Sir Isaac Newtons Theory of Universal Gravitation was planted in front of the Chemistry Building March 30, courtesy of the Class of 2007.


March 28, 2011

Portion of Burke Gilman Trail closed March 29

A section of the Burke Gilman Trail between Fluke Hall and Jefferson Road will be closed March 29


March 16, 2011

Sound Transit: Drilling work to continue through spring break, March 19-27

Sound Transit chooses design for Brooklyn Station

Sound Transits contractor is continuing to drill holes along the proposed light rail alignment from the UW to Northgate to evaluate soil and groundwater conditions. To minimize its impact, the drilling on campus has been scheduled during spring break.


March 9, 2011

UW Tacoma historic building finds new life

UW Moving & Surplus has a new home in the Plant Services Building, 4515 25th Ave. NE.

On March 15 UW Tacoma is opening the last of the old, defunct warehouse blocks to be renovated into modern university buildings on its campus.



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