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Odegaard Undergraduate Library to undergo renovation 2012-2013

September 28, 2011

Jill McKinstry
Director of Odegaard Undergraduate Library
(206) 685-3933

Rebecca Barnes
University Architect, Office of Planning & Budget
Chair, Odegaard Phase I Working Group
206 543-4382

The University Libraries and the University of Washington Office of Planning and Budget announce the renovation and upgrades of a portion of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library.  This is the first of a multi-phase renovation project to provide flexible and multi-use studying, classroom and learning spaces.  The project is scheduled to begin June 2012 with anticipated completion the beginning of Autumn Quarter 2013.  The source of funds is an appropriation of $16.575 million in the 2011-13 State Capital Budget.

Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, dean of University Libraries, noted, “I hope students are as excited as we are about making this a space that revolves around what the students want it to be – a flexible space that allows the technology-savvy and technology-equipped students of the University of Washington to do their best research, studying and collaboration.”

Odegaard Undergraduate Library has served the students of the University of Washington as a critical academic facility since it was first constructed in 1972. Almost forty years later, it remains the most utilized student study and research space on campus with more than 10,000 students per day passing through its doors.

The Miller Hull Partnership is the project architect. They will work with the campus to gather student and faculty input through mid-October, and will present their initial design concepts and scopes of work in mid-December to the University of Washington Architectural Commission. After further development of the building design, construction will begin in June 2012.

Mortenson Construction is the General Contractor / Construction Manager (GC/CM) for the project.

For more information and regular updates, visit http://www.lib.washington.edu/ougl/renovation
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