Population Health

Frequently asked questions

How will the facility be used?

The facility will house the Department of Global Health, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and portions of the School of Public Health. These groups are currently spread across the city in multiple locations, so consolidation into an on-campus facility will accelerate progress towards fulfilling the UW’s 25-year vision for population health.

The facility will act as a physical convening space that allows students, faculty and trainees from a wide range of population health disciplines to exchange ideas, develop projects and prepare for careers that will advance population health locally and globally. The facility will also act as an idea laboratory and collaboration incubator for students, faculty, staff and visitors, who will come together for training, research work and informal discussions yielding new insights and innovation opportunities.

Where will the facility be located?

The facility will be located on the Seattle campus. Three potential development sites are under consideration: one in central campus, one in west campus and the third in south campus. Final site selection will be formally approved by the Board of Regents in March or April 2017.

Learn more about the site selection process by visiting the UW’s Capital Planning & Development website.

What types of environmentally sustainable features will the facility contain?

The project’s environmental sustainability will play a part in the long-term growth of the population health enterprise. Ideas that will be explored include: less mechanically intensive solutions for heating, cooling and ventilating the building; increasing daylight and reducing the need for artificial light; encouraging the use of stairs over elevators; and other approaches that reduce operating and maintenance costs while increasing occupant satisfaction and health.

What will happen to space that becomes vacant by a move to the new facility?

After the move, many of the vacated UW-owned spaces will be renovated and used for other institutional purposes, none of which have yet been determined. Consolidation of IHME to an on-campus location will eliminate its need for rented space.

What will be the name of the facility?

No discussions have yet taken place regarding a facility name. When such a decision does occur, it will follow the Board of Regents’ Facilities and Spaces Naming Policy.

When will the facility open?

The current target for facility opening is fall quarter of 2020.