Washington State University’s governing board has approved a $10 million expenditure to design a new classroom and office building and acquire property for future development of WSU-taught programs on the Everett Community College campus.
The money was appropriated by the Legislature. The building of 95,000 square feet will support programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math. The actual construction will require additional funds, but WSU won’t know how much until after the building is designed.
Everett officials and legislators asked the Legislature for the money; it wasn’t on WSU’s legislative operating or capital agenda, said WSU spokeswoman Kathy Barnard.
WSU has a growing presence on the Everett campus. Legislation signed in 2011 by Gov. Chris Gregoire gave WSU management and leadership over the University Center of North Puget Sound beginning in 2014. The center is located on the Everett campus and is currently managed by the community college. It offers classes from a consortium of eight schools.
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The new building will be located on community-college property currently used as a parking lot. WSU will likely ask the Legislature in 2015 for money to build it.