Everett University Center Construction Underway

WSU North

Educators and lawmakers broke ground today for Everett University Center

A couple hundred people attended the groundbreaking for the Everett University Center at Tower and Broadway in north Everett this afternoon.

Tenacious, stubborn and determined were some of the words used by speakers to describe the 20 years its taken to bring a true four-year university to Everett.

The program is being overseen by Washington State University and will be known locally as WSU North Puget Sound at Everett.

A photo of Elson Floyd stood prominently next to the the speakers podium. Floyd had been President of WSU since 2007 until his passing in June of this year. Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson saluted Floyd as part of his remarks.

“I am deeply saddened that Elson Floyd is not here to celebrate today’s accomplishment. Elson crystallized our dream of a research university in Everett into a focused and achievable game plan. He was a steadfast and energetic partner whose engaging and thoughtful personality attracted many to our cause. This new building, and the many students who will pass through its doors, will forever be a tribute to Elson’s vision and determination.”

The property is owned by Everett Community College but the building itself will belong to WSU. Tentative plans call for occupancy in 2017.

WSU overhead

An overhead view of the new WSU Building.

The building will be state of the art and environmentally friendly with solar panels, natural ventilation and a hydronic heated and cooled flooring system. It will be used by 700 – 800 people including students and faculty.

Degree programs will be offered by Washington State University, Central Washington University, Western Washington University, Hope International, Evergreen State College and the University of Washington.

The current WSU plan is a two plus two concept where students begin their first two years at Everett Community College, Edmonds Community College and Skagit Valley Community College and then finish the second two-years of their degree at the WSU managed facility. The students are expected to be a bit older than typical college students, be working or with families, with classes offered more in the afternoons and evenings.


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One Response to “Everett University Center Construction Underway”

  1. pbird Says:

    I am very glad to see this happening in Everett and it has been a long time coming.