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Washington State University Everett Celebrates Grand Opening

On Tuesday, hundreds of alumni, current and prospective students, staff, design and construction team representatives, local dignitaries, and community members celebrated the opening of Washington State University’s newest building, the four-story Everett University Center.

“The success of our students will become the success of the community,” Paul Pitre, chancellor of WSU Everett and Everett University Center said during the ceremony.

The day-long event included tours of labs, classrooms, workshops and technology centers, capped by a ceremonial ribbon cutting, speeches, and a presentation focusing on plans for the future of WSU’s Everett campus.
At 95,000 square feet, the new, state-of-the-art, sustainable Everett University Center will serve 1,000 students from WSU and six partner institutions. Its eight laboratories, 13 classrooms, and a large lecture hall feature adaptable work spaces, high-tech audio-visual equipment, and advanced learning tools to support the university’s degree programs in hospitality management, communications, data analysis, and mechanical, electrical, and software engineering. The most advanced of the laboratories, the Boeing Innovation Studio, was made possible through a donation to the mechanical engineering program from the aerospace giant.

Attendees for the special ceremony included Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson, WSU President Kirk Schulz, former WSU President Sam Smith, and State Representative Mike Sells.

OAC provided construction management services for the new academic building, including master planning, scheduling, value analysis, design-build procurement, cost estimating, and field observation. OAC staff on-hand during the ribbon-cutting ceremony included Principal, Dan Chandler, and Project Engineer, Glen Lyons.

“This was a unique, exciting, and rewarding project—from ground-breaking through grand opening,” said Glen Lyons, an Everett resident. “Years of great ideas and collaboration—on energy efficiency, the focus on sustainability, a design facilitating learning and innovation—have made this is a great day to be a student in the North Sound. We’re proud we could contribute to this long-standing institution here in Everett.”

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