Phase I of the project to build wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House came to completion when the University of Washington and Native American communities celebrated its grand opening on March 12, 2015.
Phase I included construction of an 8,400 square-foot building that features a gathering hall for 600, a large kitchen that accommodates teaching space for indigenous food preparation and a meeting space. Also included is an outdoor gathering circle.
The planning process received input and guidance from UW community members, an elders committee and regional tribes. Funding for Phase I was provided through the UW, individual gifts, organizations, communities, corporations, foundations and government organizations. A site blessing was performed on April 10, 2009 and the groundbreaking was held Oct. 25, 2013.
Click on the links below to learn more about Phase I:
- Architectural Renderings
- Committee Members
- Construction Photo Galleries
- News & Milestones
- Project Overview
- Site Plan
Fundraising for Phase II – a Teaching and Learning space – is underway. Information on how to support these efforts can be made here.