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Central Washington University Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Health Sciences Building

Monday, November 4, 2019

Central Washington University will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Health Sciences Building on Tuesday, November 19, at 10 a.m.


The event, which is open to the public, will take place on the southeast corner of the construction site, directly northwest of Samuelson Hall.


“This new building will allow us to consolidate our health sciences program, which have outgrown existing facilities and currently operate in four separate buildings across campus,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino, who will preside over the ceremony.


“This project is the culmination of our multi-year, campus master plan for what we’ve called the ‘Science Neighborhood,’ which includes Science Hall, Discovery Hall, and Samuelson Hall,” he continued. “Its completion will help catapult Central to the top in terms of providing state-of-the-art, STEM-related academic facilities for our students.”


Gaudino said the project will be a “green building,” with the university planning to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification. Once completed, it will join Dean Hall, Hogue Technology Building, Barto Hall, and Discovery Hall as LEED certified structures constructed on the Ellensburg campus in the past decade.


The $60 million, 80,748 square foot facility will house the Exercise Sciences, Clinical Physiology, Nutrition, Paramedicine, and Public Health programs for the College of Education and Professional Studies.


The new structure, which is projected to be completed by November 2021, will be three stories in height and have a capacity to house 630 students in a mix of classroom and laboratory instructional spaces.


TW Clark of Spokane is the general contractor for the construction phase of the project, which is designed by LMN Architecture of Seattle.


“The construction will provide a bump to the local economy and will generate about $1.4 million in permit, plan review, and impact fees for the city of Ellensburg,” Gaudino said.


The project is expected to create 140 construction jobs and produce millions of dollars in sales tax revenue.


Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,

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