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New Law School BuildingSoon after the new millennium opens, the School expects to be established in a new, enlarged law school building. In 1999, the Washington State Legislature approved construction of a new facility for the Law School. The design team for the building's schematic design was Kohn Pederson Fox (New York) and Mahlum & Nordfors McKinley Gordon (Seattle). The building will be funded by a public/private partnership, with the state portion about $46 million and the private portion about $23 million. Ground breaking will take place in the academic year 2000-2001 and the building will take a year and a half to construct.

Located back on the main university campus just south of the Burke Museum and north of the Parrington Green, the new building will comprise about 196,000 square feet (the current facility is 130,000 square feet). For the first time in 30 years, all the programs of the School wil be under one roof--the library, the classrooms, the School's nine clinics and the offices of administration. Classrooms in the new building will be adequate in number and size for the School's educational and continuing education programs. The library will be fully ADA compliant, will contain additional student work space, will accommodate some expansion of the collection and will permit improvement of its already high level of library service. The technology in the new building--a matter of special concern in the design--will be state of the art.

View From Above of New Law School BuildingWhen the new building is complete, the current Law School building will be converted for use of other academic departments while their own buildings are being renovated. The lack of such "surge space" has delayed badly needed improvements in many campus buildings. It is expected that Johnson and Gugenheim Halls will be early cadidates for renovation.

For More Information, contact:

Paula C. Littlewood
Assistant Dean for Public Relations
School of Law
University of Washington

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