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OFM and UW Deliver Final Reports on UW North Sound Campus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—November 15, 2007

OLYMPIA—The Office of Financial Management (OFM) and the University of Washington (UW) today sent their final site evaluation and academic planning reports on a new UW North Sound campus to Governor Gregoire and the state Legislature.

The 2007 Supplemental Budget directed OFM and UW to provide (1) siting recommendations for a branch campus in the Snohomish-Island-Skagit county region, and (2) a preliminary design and implementation plan. 

The academic plan for the new institution calls for the UW North Sound to emphasize real world interactions between students and their community, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

As authorized by the Legislature, OFM hired a consultant, NBBJ of Seattle, to help assess options and make recommendations for a permanent campus site.  Each proposed site was evaluated for its ability to support the academic plan, for effective transportation options among population centers within the three-county region, and for size and land use suitability for long-term campus development.

At the end of August, OFM and the UW made a “first cut” on the list of proposed sites, narrowing the field to nine candidates.  The list was then winnowed further to four sites.  The report contains a full evaluation of the benefits and drawbacks of each of the four finalists.

Contact: Glenn Kuper, Office of Financial Management, 360-902-7607