UW Medicine 3.1 Opens in South Lake Union
June 4, 2013 - Today, the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce announced the opening of the "University of Washington's newest medical facility — known as UW Medicine Phase 3.1 . . . A public plaza connects the new building with the first two phases of the UW's South Lake Union campus. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol was the landscape architect."
A faceted building façade by architect Perkins + Will serves to bounce light into the meandering plaza below, where water features further reflect light to create a feeling of immersion in brightness. This active space invites the neighborhood into the campus and offers gathering places for campus members to meet and sit.
“This is a place where people with ideas . . .are talking to each other and creating that climate that builds the future of our city,” commented Councilmember Richard Conlin at the opening.
"South Lake Union is key to UW Medicine's ability to lead a significant portion of the nation's biomedical research enterprise well into the 21st Century," says Dr. Paul Ramsey, Dean of the UW School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs. "The opportunities for research collaboration across organizational and disciplinary lines are already enormous here, and the future holds much promise for UW Medicine to develop new interdisciplinary initiatives."