The new Washington State University campus building is seen in north Everett. An open house is set for Aug. 15. (Ian Terry / The Herald)

The new Washington State University campus building is seen in north Everett. An open house is set for Aug. 15. (Ian Terry / The Herald)

Ribbon-cutting ceremony set for WSU building in north Everett

EVERETT — An open house is planned for Aug. 15 for the new Washington State University campus building in north Everett.

The four-story, 95,000-square-foot building will house classes and programs for WSU North Puget Sound at Everett as well as for University Center, which brings together several universities and colleges that offer bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Everett.

The first classes are to be held there Aug. 21.

WSU North Puget Sound Chancellor Paul Pitre, along with WSU President Kirk Schulz, Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson and Everett Community College President David Beyer, are scheduled to be on hand for a ribbon-cutting at the building at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 15.

The state set aside $54.6 million to construct the building, which will be called WSU North Puget Sound at Everett.

An official dedication is planned at the end of October when the Board of Regents meets at the site. WSU is pursuing industry partnerships for the building, including naming rights for rooms within the building.

The building will house engineering and computer laboratories, active learning and general classrooms, a tiered lecture hall, a math and writing tutoring center, an enrollment services center and a café operated by Bargreen Coffee.

It includes administrative and faculty offices and rooms for students to study or work collaboratively.

On the first floor, the Boeing Innovation Studio includes state-of-the-art machining equipment for students. Last year, WSU built a parking lot with 219 spaces immediately north of the building.

In the fall of 2016, WSU North Puget Sound had enrolled nearly 200 students and Everett University Center had more than 500 students. The new building has capacity for 1,000 to 1,100 students.

People interested in attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony are asked to sign up at this link.

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