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CWU’s New Health Sciences Building to be Completed by November 2021

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Guadino speaks during the Health Sciences Groundbreaking Ceremony

CWU President James L. Gaudino speaks at the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the new Health Sciences Building.


Central Washington University began construction this week on the new $60 million Health Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art facility that will house the school’s Exercise Sciences, Clinical Physiology, Nutrition, Paramedicine, and Public Health programs.


At a ground-breaking ceremony, CWU President James L. Gaudino noted that the new building allows the university to consolidate its health sciences programs, which had outgrown existing facilities. The programs currently operate in four separate buildings spread across campus.


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


The 80,748 square foot facility, which is projected to be completed by November 2021, will be three stories tall and have a capacity to house 630 students in a mix of classroom and laboratory instructional spaces.


The structure also is designed to incorporate instructional technology that supports a highly engaged and active learning environment for students. The building footprint will be smaller than that of Hertz Hall, which was previously on that site, and will allow for improved pedestrian access and enhanced landscaping.


Gaudino said the project will be a “green building,” with the university planning to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. It will have a number of innovative energy-saving features including solar preheat air intake and heat/cooling recovery systems.


Once completed, the Health Sciences Building 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 construction will generate about $1.4 million for traffic mitigation, permits, plan reviews, and impact fees for the city of Ellensburg,” Gaudino added. The project is expected to create 140 construction jobs and produce millions of dollars in sales tax revenue.


General contractor for the construction is TW Clark of Spokane. It was designed by LMN Architecture of Seattle.



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





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