Carver Renovation Achieves LEED Gold

People entering Carver gym for Viking Madness

The Carver Academic Renovation project, completed in August 2017, has just been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the US Green Building Council. The building and site designs maximize open space and emphasize comfortable and healthy interior spaces for building occupants.

Sustainable features include LED lighting throughout the facility, a green roof at the second level, motion sensor lighting control, recycling and reuse of materials, energy use optimization, use of green power, low flow water fixtures, water efficient landscape design, variable speed motors, low VOC materials, reuse of an existing facility, and a comprehensive alternative transportation plan.

Multicultural Center Wins Award of Excellence

Multicultural Center feature stair. Graphic reads; "Nothing about us without us is for us."

Western’s Multicultural Center, new home of the Ethnic Student Center, AS Student Advocacy and Identity Resource Centers, and Multicultural Student Services, has just won an Award of Excellence from the Association of College Unions International. The expansion combined the Multicultural Center, Viking Union, Bookstore, Multipurpose Room and KUGS within one building that honors and supports the University’s growing diverse population and engages the campus to better understand multiple cultures.

Congratulations to everyone who worked on this remarkable, collaborative project!

Association of College Unions International Award of Excellence project description

Architect's rendering of the northeast view of the Interdisciplinary Science Building

Construction Resumes on Two Public Works Projects

On-site construction activities on Western’s two large public works projects, the New Residence Hall and Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB), were put on hold per Gov. Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25.

A thorough review by Western officials has determined that both projects meet the criteria for continuing work established in the Proclamation, provided appropriate workplace safety procedures are established. With those procedures now in place, the University has authorized restarting work on the ISB, along with the residence hall project, which resumed construction on April 20, 2020.   

New FDCB Assistant Director Alexis Blue in front of the Physical Plant

Organizational Changes

Facilities Development's own Alexis Blue has been hired as Assistant Director following a national search. Alexis previously served as Project Manager-Civil Engineer. She emerged from a strong field of candidates and began her new position on January 6, 2020, stepping in to support the transition as Associate Director Josh Kavulla left Western on January 9, 2020.

Until the Associate Director position is filled, a number of organizational changes will be in effect. New Residence Hall Project Manager Sherrie Montgomery and Interdisciplinary Science Building Project Manager Mark Nicasio will supervise construction coordinators on their projects. Assistant Director for Capital Budget, Brian Ross, has agreed to provide support for three Facilities Development project managers in addition to his Capital Budget group.  

Permanent changes to expand support for campus space modeling and master planning include shifting Project Manager Forest Payne to direct reportage to Director Rick Benner and Interior Designer Tristen Byers reporting to Forest. Alexis Blue will step in to work with the remaining FD project managers. Please see the interim org chart for details.

We are looking forward an exciting new year as we continue to support Western’s mission and strategic plan and serve the campus community.