The UW is seeking experienced developers and investors who embrace its vision for West Campus and will partner with the UW to develop the first new building in West Campus under the recently approved 30-year master plan.
The University of Washington has designated West Campus with the intention of creating a dynamic and interdisciplinary urban community that will merge education and student life with cutting-edge UW research, pioneering public/nonprofit institutions and private companies.
The UW’s vision for the West Campus is to create a place where students and faculty experts across multiple fields — including public health, engineering, life sciences, social work, public policy and the arts and humanities — can partner with business, government, nonprofit organizations and the Seattle community to solve critical challenges. The West Campus will be a place to discover answers to the big questions facing the people of Seattle, the state of Washington and the world. It’s a place to create an inclusive spirit and leverage a culture of entrepreneurial thinking and innovation mindsets.
The development of West Campus will serve as a bridge between the traditional main campus and the developing city surrounding it. West Campus will be a lively urban environment with a robust mixture of arts and culture, retail, and gathering spaces that allow students, researchers, and partners to interact. It should also be exemplary in design quality in the spirit of the Pacific Northwest and best practices of this type of district development.
Site W27 will house the UW Clean Energy Institute (CEI), an interdisciplinary research unit that supports the advancement of next-generation solar energy and battery materials and devices, as well as their integration with systems and the grid. CEI will use Site W27 to co-locate UW researchers and students with nonprofit and private enterprises in the fields of clean energy and advanced materials to help bring innovations that accelerate solutions for a sustainable future to the marketplace.
CEI’s Washington Clean Energy Testbeds will also occupy the building. This open-access, fee-for-use facility is for prototyping, testing, and validating clean technologies. The Testbeds take no intellectual property from external users. The Testbeds also host Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Investor-in-Residence programs available to cleantech innovators across the region.
Additionally, the Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry, and Technology (NW IMPACT), a joint research center of the University of Washington and the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL), will operate in the building.