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UW opens renovated building, announces Tacoma project

Oct 2, 2017 - 04:00 PM

It’s been a busy few days for University of Washington in the South Sound.

The school today announced the kickoff of the Livable City Year program, which creates yearlong partnerships between UW and local governments, including the City of Tacoma. UW students and faculty will be working with Tacoma community members and staff this academic year on various projects, all aimed at improving livability and sustainability in the city.

“We are pleased to kick off our partnership with the University of Washington,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “Like the University of Washington, we are proud to honor our public promise of making our progressive, international waterfront city an even better place to live, work, innovate, start a business, or simply call home.”

“It’s exciting to begin this year’s partnership with Tacoma and see the students start to work on these projects,” said Livable City Year faculty co-director Jennifer Otten. “Livable City Year gives students a chance to work on real-world issues that provide benefit to the community and advances the public mission of the university.”

This year’s projects work toward goals outlined by the City in its comprehensive plan and “Tacoma 2025” strategic plan. The program will get an official kickoff event on Thursday at UW Tacoma’s newly renovated Paper and Stationery Building, which opened during a ribbon cutting ceremony last week; that historic building, originally opened in 1904, was the last historic warehouse on the school’s campus to be renovated and repurposed.

The 40,000 square-foot facility will house science and technology programs.

“The Tacoma Paper & Stationery building will always have a special place in Tacoma history, and we’re so pleased to have preserved some of its most unique attributes in its new use as an academic facility,” said Mortenson Construction executive John Baker. “We’re proud to have extended the life of a 20th-century building to help equip students with the skills they need to excel in the 21st-century economy.”


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