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March 30, 2012

Photo Friday: Open window to campus wild areas

Moss-covered tree trunks and blossoms in the UW Botanic Gardens are among the images by Art Wolfe featured in this month's Columns magazine.

Enjoy plants and animals of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens as captured by UW alumnus Art Wolfe in a slideshow for the current edition of Columns magazine.


March 19, 2012

D.C. cherry trees: Blooms won’t wait in warming world, UW research finds

Early-March bloom times in pale blue ranging to late-April times in hot pink are used to contrast the historical record of peak blooms of Yoshino cherry trees 1950 to 2000 (top) with predictions for the 2050s under moderate temperature increases (middle) and more drastic temperature increases (bottom).

Cherry trees in full bloom in our nation’s capital could be as much as four weeks earlier by 2080 depending on how much warming occurs. So says an analysis conducted at the University of Washington that relied on the UW’s own cherry trees as one test of a computer model used in the project.


February 15, 2012

Design begins this spring for longhouse-style Intellectual House

Design should begin this spring, with construction scheduled to start in the summer of 2013, for Intellectual House, a longhouse-style facility on the University of Washington campus that will be a resource for the university, tribal and surrounding communities.


February 8, 2012

UW launches technology startup incubator, aims to double startups in three years

A business incubator unveiled today is one element in a larger commercialization initiative announced by UW President Michael Young that will double the number of startups produced by the university – from an average of 10 a year to 20 – during the next three years.


February 7, 2012

If a tree falls in the ‘forest, UW Botanic Garden arborists hear — view slide show

The two curving, smooth trunks to the right, one of which is being crushed by the oak, belong to another prime arboretum specimen, a huckleberry oak. Both trees represent the best of their kind in the city.

Like dominoes, two of Seattles signature oaks in the Washington Park Arboretum toppled under Januarys heavy snows. It turned out that the root balls of each tree had not pulled out of the ground and thus began an effort to pull a 60-foot oak tree, estimated to weigh more than 8,000 pounds, back into the upright position in order to save both trees.


February 1, 2012

UW Tacomas Joy Building receives highest green-building certification

The campus side of the Joy Building.

The University of Washington Tacomas Russell T. Joy Building has earned LEED Platinum certification, the highest, most rigorous certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system.


January 31, 2012

At Ethnic Cultural Center building site, fencing tells a story

This image was part of a mural in the original Ethnic Cultural Center. The mural will be installed in the new center.

A new system of construction fences designed by a UW group make campus building sites look neater. They also offer history of the building project and explain what’s being built.


January 23, 2012

‘Community Photos’ contributors capture snowy UW

Stephen Edwin Lundgren, UW staff with Harborview Medical Center, contributed this photo from outside the centers cafeteria of the art installation "Harborview Pillows" by Belize Brother. Lundgren emulated the work of Andre Kertesz – who often photographed empty courtyards, public squares and streets.

Catch a dozen photos of last weeks snowfall at UW News and Informations “Community Photos.” Be sure to contribute your own photos of UW buildings, landmarks, people – snow or not – to this ever-evolving collection.


December 13, 2011

Campus trees not available as holiday decorations

Video Friday: April edition of UW|360, just out, includes cherry-tree feature

UW Arborist Sara Shores reports that people have been cutting trees and tree limbs on campus, presumably for Christmas decorations. For those people, she has one message: Dont.


November 9, 2011

Open house slated for planned light rail station

Sound Transit chooses design for Brooklyn Station

North Link Light Rail will hold an open house on the planned Brooklyn Station for light rail from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Neptune Theater.


October 26, 2011

New courtyard and rain garden created behind Community Design Center

Kalyn Marab, a student in an introduction to landscape architecture class, prepares a sketch in the new Community Design courtyard.

At first glance, the new courtyard behind the Community Design Center looks like a simple square with benches. However, theres a rain garden on the perimeter to capture, cleanse and slow storm water entering the drainage system.


October 19, 2011

Century-old tool found in dirt near Hansee Hall

Maintenance Supervisor Ken Rogers found this photo online, of the same item in much better condition.

UW maintenance mechanic Eric Martin seems to know his historical artifacts. It was Martin who figured out what his Maintenance and Alterations crew ran into while excavating outside Hansee Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 18.


Ground broken for new Ethnic Cultural Center

Sheila Edwards Lange spoke at the groundbreaking.

A groundbreaking for the new Ethnic Cultural Center took place Oct. 12. The event was celebrated by student leaders, administrators from the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, and others.


Open house planned for new Poplar Hall and Cedar Apartments

Judy Ramey

The campus community is invited to an open house at the new Poplar Hall and Cedar Apartments from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27.


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.



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