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Capital Planning & Development

Bill and Melinda Gates Center for CSE

Project news

Furniture bid results came in under the forecasted cost. As a result, the project is now forecast to complete on budget. This is a milestone accomplishment for the project, as the budget has recovered from a $3M deficit at the start of construction. The local Operators Union strike has affected the project schedule. The biggest impact is with Snohomish Lane site work not opening in time for the start of fall quarter (September 27, 2018). As reported last month, the project was impacted 5 days due to the electrician strike, with a forecast of an additional 2 days (7 days total) attributed to the Operators strike. The bulk of the project’s work force is focused on interior finishes, allowing the project to avoid major schedule impacts. Schedule recovery plans are an on-going topic for the project team. Additional labor force constraints will occur as the strike has impacted an already thin labor force supporting the Seattle construction market.

Project overview

The Gates Center will provide approximately 135,000 square feet of research, undergraduate education, and related support space for the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. The project is located across E. Stevens Way from the Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering.


  • Planning:  January 1, 2015 - July 30, 2015
  • Design: August 1, 2015 - January 30, 2017
  • Construction: February 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018
  • Completion: January 1, 2019 - January 30, 2020


Approximate Total Cost:  $105,500,000


Troy Stahlecker 
Assistant Director, Major Capital Projects