Science Phase II completes a project conceived and launched more than 15 years ago. Science Phase I was completed in 1999; Science Phase II received pre-design funding in 2009-11 and design in 2011-13.
Now CWU seeks $66.4 million to construct the long-awaited, second phase of this project. Gov. Chris Gregoire proposes that the state fully fund this important facility, which will house three high-demand STEM programs:
• The Department of Physics, including the Physics-Engineering dual degree program
• The Department of Geological Sciences
• The Center for Excellence in Science and Math Education
Science Phase II will provide modern classroom and laboratory space in a single facility. STEM programs now are located in some of the oldest, least technologically current buildings on campus, including Lind Hall, built during the Truman Administration (1948) and Hebeler Hall, built during the Great Depression (1938).
Science II will update facilities so that students can work with modern equipment they will find in the professional world. Science II will be vastly more energy efficient than the old facilities it replaces and will add capacity for modern class and lab space required to increase degrees in engineering, physics, and geology, and to produce more K-12 teachers in STEM fields.
Read more about Science Phase II and CWU's capital budget request here.