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North Campus Expansion


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Project Features:

  • 402-bed facility
  • 105,000 gross-square-feet
  • Double rooms, double rooms with baths and a limited number of single rooms
  • Communal and suite-style bathrooms, study rooms, and lounges
  • Primarily housing first-year students
  • First CWU project to use progressive design-build delivery method to ensure the project is completed within budget and in the timeliest fashion
  • Laundry areas on each floor
  • Communal kitchen on first floor attached to the main hall lounge

Budget: $40 million


Why is this project needed?

CWU has experienced unprecedented enrollment growth in recent years, particularly in first-year classes. Because first-year students are required to live on campus, demand for university housing has exceeded the capacity of CWU residential facilities. Compounding the situation is a lack of available housing in the city of Ellensburg, which has a vacancy rate of about 1 percent. In the fall of 2017, CWU reached maximum capacity, which leaves little ability to respond to emergency student moves and maintenance problems in housing, lessens the capacity to host conferences and visiting students, and greatly reduces the ability of the university to conduct regular maintenance on housing facilities. In July 2017, the CWU Board of Trustees directed staff to plan and prepare to construct additional housing for students.

Key Milestones

Fence ErectionMarch 7
Demolition of Existing StructuresStarting March 12
GroundbreakingJune 7 at 10:00am
Facility OpeningFall 2019


Media Contact
Jenna Hyatt/Associate Dean of Student Living
(509) 963-2735/

Construction Contact
Joanne Hillemann/Project Manager/CWU Facilities
(509) 963-2909 /

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