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New Science Building Breaks Ground

Science Phase 2 - Ceremonial Sod is Turned

It's the start of something big. Construction for Science II began with a rousing groundbreaking ceremony in May. The $64 million facility will become the new home for the university's geological sciences and physics departments and is expected to open fall quarter 2016.

Imagine an 80-seat lecture hall and planetarium, an observatory tower, and specialty labs such as optics and laser labs, an ice core lab and an acoustic lab with an anechoic chamber—a uniquely designed chamber which completely absorbs either sound or electromagnetic wave reflections.

Science Phase II will become part of CWU's science neighborhood, which includes Science I, opened in 1998, and the remodeled Dean Hall, reopened in 2009.

To track the progress of Science II, watch the live construction cam.

Science Phase 2 - Ceremonial Sod is Turned

In addition to geology and physics, Science II will be the home for the Center for Excellence in Science and Math Education, which supports and promotes interdisciplinary science and math teaching and research. This state-of-the-art building will serve as a center for interdisciplinary learning on campus.

While the building is funded by the Washington State Legislature, CWU is actively fundraising to ensure that the faculty and students have the latest equipment and scholarships available.

Key donor naming opportunities in Science II include:

  • Observatory tower
  • Planetarium
  • Working rooftop—classroom spaces and public viewing areas
  • Research-grade telescope
  • Ice core, optics, laser and acoustic laboratories
  • Lecture halls, classrooms, office suites and equipment
  • Scholarships and endowments

To learn more about Science II, and/or to make a gift to this exciting addition to Central Washington University, contact Kari Anderson, Senior Director of Major Gifts, at 509-963-2147 or kanderson@cwu.edu.


Science II Collage
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Science II will house the Geological Sciences and Physics Departments at Central Washington University. In addition, Science II will be the home for the Center for Excellence in Science and Math Education, which supports and promotes interdisciplinary science and math teaching and research. This state of the art building in CWU’s science neighborhood will serve as a center for interdisciplinary learning on campus. While the $64 million building is funded by the Washington State Legislature, CWU is actively fundraising to ensure that the faculty and students have the latest equipment and scholarships available to fully utilize this space.

Key donor naming opportunities in Science II include:

  • Observatory tower
  • Planetarium
  • Working rooftop—classroom spaces and public viewing areas
  • Research-grade telescope
  • Ice core, optics, laser and acoustic laboratories
  • Lecture halls, classrooms, office suites and equipment
  • Scholarships and endowments

To learn more about Science II, and/or to make a gift to this exciting addition to Central Washington University, contact Kari Anderson, Senior Director of Major Gifts, at 509-963-2147 or kanderson@cwu.edu.

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