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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.

March 2, 2011

A glimpse of 2016: New plan for Montlake Triangle features better access

The original design for the Montlake Triangle feartured an at-grade crossing from the station to Montlake Triangle.

When the Sound Transit station near Husky Stadium opens in 2016, there will be a pedestrian overpass across Montlake and a path to Rainier vista. Read more and take a look.

February 28, 2011

All UW Medicine hospitals to become smoke- and tobacco-free environments

UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center will become smoke- and tobacco-free facilities May 31, in concert with the World Health Organizations “World No Tobacco Day.”

February 23, 2011

Building community –- ‘with convenience — on west campus

Above, workers bring lumber through a window of what's for now being called Cedar Hall. Below, you can see the workers through the screen mesh outside the building. | Photos by Mary Levin.

To Housing & Food Services, the student housing projects under way on west campus are about creating a whole new neighborhood.

More street food: Curbside 8 food truck now outside More Hall

During a recent visit to UW Medical Center, patient Eric Burke talks with Deanna Britton, speech-language pathologist in Rehabilitation Medicine.

Theres a new food truck on campus: Curbside 8, near More Hall, will offer a combination of new American food and global comfort foods, according to UW Housing & Food Services.

February 16, 2011

Spokane Lane to be widened, regraded

Spokane Lane's paving has been removed behind Kane Hall for a regrading and widening project. | Photo by Vincent Chon

Why is part of Spokane Lane, between Kane and Savery halls, blocked off and torn up?

Sound Transit chooses design for Brooklyn Station

Sound Transit chooses design for Brooklyn Station

After evaluating two design options and taking input from the community, Sound Transit has decided to move forward with a single entrance design for Brooklyn Station.

February 9, 2011

UW Medical Center ‘tops out new inpatient tower (with slide show, video)

From left, Shanice Zhang, Damian Cade, Cheryl Delostrinos, Erica Reich, Lorraine Lau, Dallas Williams and Fausto Rivera perform in the annual Dance Majors Concert. | Photo by Tim Summers

On Feb. 7, workers from Skanska USA Building and the University of Washington Medical Center celebrated a major construction milestone as the final piece to a new inpatient towers superstructure was placed.

February 2, 2011

‘Lean and green — and a showcase for office sustainability

It saves time and effort to be able to replace individual parts in office furniture. That's the case with this work station, where intern Jennifer Perkins works in the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Office. | Photo by Mary Levin.

The Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability office is a place youd expect to have environmentally friendly furnishings, and it does.

January 19, 2011

UW Surplus: ‘Serving the planet and the pocketbook

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

From computers to carillon bells, when the things we use end their campus lives, they meet their fate at UW Moving & Surplus — a sort of campus afterlife.

Brooklyn Station open house Jan. 27: update on station design

Sound Transit chooses design for Brooklyn Station

Anyone interested in design options for the Brooklyn Station in the University District, part of Sound Transits North Link, should attend an open house on Thursday, Jan. 27. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the University Heights Center.

January 12, 2011

More food, coffee options for a post-HUB campus

Hungry? Need a cuppa? Housing & Food Services is adding to its campus food and coffee options.

UWPD report: Crime stats, prevention tips — and a presence on Facebook

The UWPD badge.

Theft and burglary are up, but overall, the UW campus is safer than most: A look at campus crime reports.

January 5, 2011

Summertime is ‘showtime for busy conference coordinators at Housing & Food Services

Summer conferences hosted by Housing & Food Services include the Power Chord Academy for young rockers, top. At bottom, Lisa Crosson, a graduate student in the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and a teacher in the summer GEAR-UP Project, shows a moon snail to students and even lets them touch it. | Photos by Mary Levin.

It may be winter, but the UWs conference coordinators are already thinking summer. Thats because when most students leave campus, conference attendees arrive, and theres lots of work necessary to prepare for them.

Sound Transit to host meeting on connection from rail station

Sound Transit chooses design for Brooklyn Station

Sound Transit will host a community meeting on Jan. 12 which will feature the latest design of the pedestrian connection from the UW Link Light Rail station at Husky Stadium to the campus.

Transportation projects affecting UW will be topic of Jan. 10 meeting

Tracy Knotts reacts after a near-miss in the coin-toss she held for members of the Benefits Office to contribute to the Combined Fund Drive. Behind her are Kathleen Dwyer, Jon Petersen and Tony Duenas.

The Regional Transit Task Forces meeting will be to open a dialogue between Seattle transportation groups and community members.

December 23, 2010

Construction begins on 15th Avenue NE

The Seattle Department of Transportation is beginning work to reconstruct 15th Avenue NE between NE Pacific Street and NE 55th Street. The roadway will remain open with one lane of traffic in each direction on weekdays.

December 9, 2010

Odegaard to close Dec. 21-Jan. 2

Odegaard Undergraduate Library will be closed for fire and safety upgrades from Tuesday, Dec. 21, through Jan. 2, 2011.

The life and times of Denny the red-tailed hawk

Denny the hawk with the lunch he had trouble transporting. | Photo by Kathy Laughman

The story of a juvenile hawk who hangs around Savery Hall and doesnt mind eating a little crow from time to time.

December 8, 2010

‘Doomed Cavalier Apartments building makes excellent training site

Firefighters training at the soon-to-be-demolished Cavalier Apartments building finish cutting a hole in the roof with a chain saw. | Photo by Mary Levin.

The UWs Pre-Entry Assessment Team and area firefighters use the soon-to-be-demolished Cavalier Apartments for training scenarios.

Working in a construction zone: Hall Health continues serving clients

Jeff Fowler, right, a medical assistant for Hall Health who tracks progress of the clinic's remodeling project, talks with student visitors (from left) Angelena Dunn, Anneliese Cook and Mien-Quoc Ly. | Photo by Mary Levin.

Despite working within a construction site, the staff of Hall Health Center have managed to meet with every client, student or non-student, who needed care with only a slight increase in the number of complaints about the centers environment.

Flowers, cookies, Twister: It wasnt your usual Coke machine

A student collected a few extra bottles from the living Coke machine.

Students may have wondered what the extra Coke machine was doing in By George on Friday, Dec. 3. Then it came alive and started handing out prizes.

November 17, 2010

Energy improvement initiatives funded at Harborview

Tina Eliassi-Rad

The matching grant is from Community Power Works, a locally and federally supported program to create green jobs and energy savings.

November 10, 2010

Bringing down Balmer Hall — one bite at a time

Pete Dukes, far right, project manager on Balmer for the business school, gets a ringside seat to the demolition with his visiting family. On his shoulders is Dustin Hendrix, his granddaughter. His son-in-law Noble Hendrix is next to him with daughter Josie. Noble's brother Jimmy is with his daughter, Lily.

Among all the construction on campus, there’s a little destruction too. Workers from R.W. Rhine Inc. have been reducing Balmer Hall to rubble in order to make way for a new building that will primarily house classrooms for the Foster School of Business.

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