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December 15, 1997

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Architects create 'academic lodges' for UW/CCC campus


Andrew Walgamott/staff photo
   A model of the University of Washington/Cascadia Community College co-located campus coming to Bothell was presented to the Bothell City Council last week. This view looks northwesterly with the UW portion of the campus on left and Cascadia at the upper right.

by Andrew Walgamott
   BOTHELL--Architects presented the Bothell City Council with drawings of the future University of Washington/Cascadia Community College co-located campus last week. They've coined the term "academic lodge" for the look they want to achieve at the campus that will be built on the 124-acre Truly Farm northwest of the intersection of I-405 and State Route 522. According to Rick Zieve, an architect with NBBJ of Seattle, the design is about combining traditional academic and northwestern building features with an existing forest on the site.
   Plans show three separate four-story brick buildings totaling 254,700 square-feet built on the upper, western portion of the site in a roughly north-south alignment. Repetitive rows of windows will accent the look of academia. Zieve said the buildings will have overhanging sloped roofs with structural kickers supporting the roofs, reminiscent of a northwestern lodge. Complimenting the effect, the buildings will be built around a stand of mature Douglas fir trees. "We felt the lodge-like features would help fit into the forest," and make the buildings more friendly to the community, Zieve said.
   Plans show the UW occupying the southern end of the campus, Cascadia the northern flank with a jointly used library between the two. Subtle differences in brick color and patterns will define each college, Zieve said. A campus green and tunnel near the library will mark where the two come together. Zieve said the library will have a 30-foot elevated reading room with views into the forest canopy and the North Creek valley beyond. Three boardwalks will lead from the buildings out to 58 acres of restored wetlands. North Creek will be returned to a more meandering channel.
   Phase 1 vehicle access will be off of Beardslee Boulevard with outdoor parking for 1,300 vehicles, though there is a chance that two three or four-story garages may be built instead, saving the state $2 million, according to one official. Funding for that option isn't currently available. Pedestrians will have access to downtown Bothell, and a bicycle connection may also be made with the Sammamish Valley Trail. Construction on the $62.7 million first phase is expected to begin next spring with lectures for 2,000 full-time-equivalents (a measure of student attendance) starting in fall, 2000. An off-ramp from SR 522 onto the campus will be built during Phase 2 construction. Eventually the colleges will accommodate 10,000 FTEs with parking for 4,200 to 6,600.
   To speed the project along, representatives from the Washington Department of General Administration asked the City Council to have a hearing examiner rule on the final planned unit development application for the campus. The council unanimously approved. Plans are expected to be finalized in March. Bothell City Manager Rick Kirkwood said it was the city's goal to prepare and promote the campus.