COVID-19 Construction Site Safety Protocols
The University is committed to the safety and security of all of workers, staff, and partners working on Western Washington University projects and to doing its part to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The University requires each project under construction to comply with applicable requirements issued by the State of Washington Office of the Governor.
Phase 2 of the Washington State Safe Start Plan requires a COVID-19 site supervisor, who understands the importance of minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and is knowledgeable about the site-specific safety plan. The COVID supervisor maintains the appropriate documentation for COVID safety plans and the Governor’s proclamations, updates the safety plan as new information becomes available, and has ultimate responsibility for safety plan compliance. The COVID site supervisor monitors social distancing, appropriate use of personal protective equipment, including face masks, sanitation and cleanliness protocols, and daily check-in and health assessment prior to entering the construction site.
Western Washington University has contracted with PBS Environmental, experts in workplace safety protocols, to review COVID-19 safety plans and to observe and document activity for compliance.
Major Construction Projects Active on Campus
The new residence hall will offer a modern living community with about 400 beds in a variety of spaces. The project will provide a net gain of 264 beds after accounting for the loss of Highland Hall. It is designed to appeal to a wide range of students, including upper division students who often look for amenities and room types not currently available on campus.
The new residence hall design is intended to overcome the steep grade from main campus at College Hall to provide ADA access to the Ridgeway Complex for the first time, through the use of ramps, landings and an elevator. A single pathway for everyone through the new residence hall, described as a "shared journey" for the community, will create an easily identified accessible route through the building.
The Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB) will add essential teaching labs and active learning classrooms to meet the growing need for degree programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. The building will feature two teaching labs for Biology, three teaching labs for Chemistry, and five flex lab spaces, along with three active learning classrooms. Flexible spaces will allow for shared use and greater interaction and collaboration among STEM and non-STEM disciplines, support the Washington state goal of increasing STEM graduates, increase opportunities across the STEM fields, and reduce barriers to fulfilling completion requirements.