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March 20, 2014 at 6:15 AM

UW Bothell, where the future goes to college

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and other dignitaries are scheduled to be on the UW Bothell campus Thursday to dedicate Discovery Hall, a new science and academic building. I would call the structure a window on the future.

Everyone is talking about the need to prepare the work force for the jobs of the future. Welcome to UW Bothell’s School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The University of Washington Board of Regents turned the chatter into classrooms, lab space, metal and wood shops, project space and faculty offices.

Discovery Hall (Photo courtesy of UW Bothell)

Discovery Hall
(Photo courtesy of UW Bothell)

The March 20 ribbon cutting, scheduled for 11:30 a.m., opens a pathway for an additional 1,000 students to equip themselves with an education and options. Five new STEM degrees will be offered. Add those to more than three dozen undergraduate and graduate degrees available on campus. The 75,000 square foot Discovery Hall  will be fully ready to go in the fall quarter. The list of dignitaries includes University of Washington President Michael Young and UW Bothell Chancellor Bjong Wolf Yeigh.

Bothell and UW Bothell share a certain synergy. The city is moving along on an ambitious urban plan that is reshaping the roadways, and has stirred investments in housing and commercial development. Neighborhood corners and long vacant land have blossomed with real estate projects.

Over the years UW Bothell has seen new roadway access, and nearby campus housing. Discovery Hall is the first new building in a decade, according to a UW news release.

Congratulations to UW Bothell, its supportive community and to the students and faculty who have made the campus a success.

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