Architect's rendering of the Interdisciplinary Science Building

Construction Suspended on Public Works Projects

All of Western’s on-site construction activities, including construction of the new residence hall and work on the new interdisciplinary science building, have been suspended. Contractors for those projects have been notified and the work sites are being shut down.

University officials received additional guidance from the Washington state Office of Financial Management on March 30, 2020, and as a result, all on-site construction related activities associated with Western’s public works projects have been temporarily suspended.

The on-site construction of these projects is suspended until midnight on April 6, 2020, unless extended beyond that date as per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25.

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.

Multicultural Center at dusk

Multicultural Center Grand Opening

The dedication of the Muticultural Center on October 10, 2019 drew a large enthusiastic crowd to celebrate the completion of this student initiated project, designed to provide a visible, accessible, welcoming space to support student needs, diverse identities, and inclusive success. 

Speakers included Lummi tribal elder Juanita Jefferson, Michelle Vendiola, WWU alumna and Native American Student Union member, Nate Panelo, former coordinator of the Ethnic Student Center, and Western alumna Abgail “Abby” Ramos, who served as vice president for diversity for the Associated Students and as a student trustee on Western’s Board of Trustees, and President Sabah Randhawa.

mountain stream in summer

Where in Washington?

This stream is on the Heather Meadows and Artists Point Trail at Mount Baker. Take Mount Baker Highway (542) east about sixty miles to the Heather Meadows Visitor Center in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The trail is spectacular and leads to magnificent views from Artists Point. You can also find wild huckleberries in the summer. Just leave some for the bears. Northwest Forest Pass required.