Project Vision

Population health is a broad concept encompassing not only the elimination of diseases and afflictions, but also the intersecting and overlapping factors that influence health.   The Population Health Facility will serve as a powerful catalyst for the University’s new Population Health Initiative and be an idea laboratory and collaboration incubator.  It will house the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the Department of Global Health, and elements of the School of Public Health, all of which will greatly benefit from close proximity.  The facility will also provide central gathering spaces for faculty, students, staff, partners, and visitors from a wide range of disciplines across campus, the region, the nation, and the world to address important global health concerns.  A transformative gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation makes this project possible.  Please follow the link below to hear the UW President Cauce speak about the vision for this project.


Click below for the link to learn more about the UW Population Health Initiative

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Project Goals

  1. Foster collaboration and connectivity amongst those working within the facility, with other programs and with researchers at the UW, local and global partners, and students;
  2. Promote healthy living within and around the new facility;
  3. Design space that is flexible and adaptable to meet the evolving needs of IHME, DGH, and selected portions of SPH;
  4. Employ best practices in sustainable building to reduce energy and water use, lower life cycle costs, and improve occupant satisfaction and health; and
  5. Support and further the institution-wide Population Health Vision.

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Estimated building size:  300,000 GSF

Anticipated Program

  • Offices: single & multiple occupancy, open work stations
  • Collaborative group work areas 
  • Conference / meeting spaces
  • Instructional space
  • Computing laboratories
  • Possible street facing community-oriented destinations that help activate the neighborhood
  • Outdoor spaces associated with program and campus needs

*Research wet laboratories are not part of the scope.

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Five-year quarterly Gantt Chart 2016 to 2020

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Project Budget



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Project Governance

205430 Population Health Facility Project Governance

Purpose:  A good project governance structure is critical for making defensible and timely decisions that allow the project to move forward expeditiously.  In a complicated organization like a university, this requires a variety of perspectives to ensure the best interest of the University are being served.  An appropriate governance structure should balance the potential opportunity any new project represents with the long-term goals and realities of the institution.  The governance structure is developed at the very beginning of the project and remains in place throughout the project.  It is the project manager’s responsibility to reinforce its role enabling the project to move forward.  The governance structure includes the following individuals and entities:

Responsible Party – High level administrator responsible for ensuring that overall institutional objectives are met.  This person is accountable for the overall success of the project.  Monthly updates will be provided by the Executive Committee, including significant decisions.  Any recommendations that may extend the project parameters must be made by the responsible party.  The Provost will be the responsible party for this project, ensuring at a high level that all institutional objectives are met.

Project Executive Committee (PEC) – All major project decisions, recommendations, and trade-offs within the established parameters of the project (site, budget, schedule, financing) will be made by the Project Executive Committee, a small, high-level committee representing broad University perspectives as well as a project-specific views.  This group may also engage in collaborative design sessions with the Project Management Team and the Project Work Teams.  It will include: the Executive Director for Health Sciences Administration, the Associate Vice President for Capital Planning & Development, IHME’s Chief Strategy & Operations Officer, the School of Medicine’s Associate Dean for Administration & Finance, the University Architect, SPH’s Senior Director of Administration, DGH’s Chair or Director for Research and Faculty Development, and the Executive Director for Major Projects. The committee’s decisions will be informed by input from President Cauce’s Population Health Executive Council, on which the Executive Director of Health Sciences Administration will serve as liaison to the project. The Committee will meet on a monthly basis.

Project Management Team (PMT) – Day-to-day project management decisions, such as change order reviews, and minor design changes, will be made by the Project Management Team, consisting of project managers from the University, the architecture firm, and the construction management company.  This team should meet at least weekly throughout the delivery of the project.

Senior Management Team (SMT) – A separate team consisting of principals from the architecture and construction company and the project director will meet quarterly to ensure that the team is working and communicating effectively and is being supported appropriately.

Project Working Teams – These subgroups focus on certain design aspects.  These teams make recommendations to the PMT and the Project Executive Committee.   Members of these teams include the UW project manager, the project architect, the construction project manager, and University representatives with specific expertise to the design aspect.  Members of these teams will also assist in identifying participants for focus groups to better inform the work of the teams.  They will also integrate input from University process partners from Campus Engineering, Environmental Health and Safety and Information Technology.   Project Work Teams may also involve the Executive Committee in collaborative design sessions.   Three specific working teams are defined below.  The Project Management Team will define a process to integrate the efforts of these project work teams into the design.    These groups will participate in joint goal setting sessions and review of the design components to ensure a cohesive and integrated building design.

  1. Shell & Core Working Team — This team focuses on the design of the exterior shell and core of the building and its impact on the surrounding environment, as well as major shared common areas, gathering spaces and street frontage. This group will include the UW project manager, the project architect, the construction project manager, the Office of the University Architect, Facilities Services representation, and subcontractors. This team will make recommendations to the PMT and the Project Executive Committee and help respond to comments from the UW Architectural Commission, the UW Landscape Advisory Committee, and all of the on-campus process partners.
  2. Mechanical, Engineering and Plumbing Working Team (MEP) — This subgroup comprises the UW project manager, the project architect, the design-build project manager, engineers, MEP subcontractors, and Facilities Services representation focused specifically on the MEP systems and will make recommendations to the PMT and Executive Project Team.  
  3. Programming & Fit-Out Working Team — This team focuses on defining the program goals, the detailed space program, and the design of the interior fit-out. This team will be made up of the UW project manager, the project architect, the construction project manager, representatives from each of the tenants, and students, and it will make recommendations to the PMT and Project Executive Committee for final decisions.

Five-level org chart from President down to MEP Working Team


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Design Updates

Flythrough Video: Summer 2018 Winter 2019/2020 Spring 2020 Late Spring 2020

PHF Design Update May 2018

Neighborhood Open House Flyer

Project Open House Flyer

Schematic Design Outreach Presentation October 2017


Construction Updates

UW News: Population Health Facility Groundbreaking Article

UW PHF Oct 2018 Neighborhood Bulletin


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Outreach Presentations

SPH Focus Group Jun 16, 2017


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Design Build Team

Contractor:            Lease Crutcher Lewis

Architect :              Miller Hull Partnership

Civil/Structural:     KPFF

Landscape:           Site Workshop & CMG

Electrical:               AEI & VECA

Mechanical:          PAE & Hermanson

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Site Selection

Three campus sites under the current Campus Master Plan (CMP) can accommodate a building of this size.  The Project Executive Committee (PEC) considered all three sites under the land use zoning requirements of the 2003 CMP and the proposed 2018 CMP, resulting in the analysis of five options on three sites.  Analysis of sites A and C illustrates the change in development capacities from the 2003 to the 2018 CMP.  The land use zoning requirements for site B do not differ significantly in the 2003 and 2018 CMPs.  Although waiting for the 2018 CMP to be approved may delay the project, the potential opportunities in the 2018 CMP warranted consideration.  A map of the five site options follows.

Campus map showing proposed sites along Brooklyn Ave NE, 15th Ave NE, NE Columbia Road

The Project Executive Committee (PEC) evaluated each site using criteria that reflect the goals of the project, campus wide planning, institutional and environmental impacts, and cost.  The analysis included the review of all existing information about each site and thorough estimate of the site development costs. 

The Population Health Facility Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) scoping notice was published on September 16, 2016.  The Draft EIS was published and distributed for public and agency comment on December 12, 2016.  The Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) commented on the EIS.  The Final EIS published March 2017 addressed those comments.  The EIS did not recommend a specific site.  The EIS and associated notices may be viewed at the following link:

In addition to the EIS and development cost estimates, the PEC also sought input about the site options from faculty, senior leadership, student groups, the UW Architectural Commission and the City/University Community Advisory Committee.

The Committee compiled a comprehensive report and a matrix of differentiating factors identifying the greatest advantages.  The chart below illustrates the assessment of the five sites’ relative advantages.

Site options table listing criteria and color-coded advantage indicators from Greatest to Least advantage

The Committee found significant disadvantages associated with Sites C1, C2, and A1 compared to sites A2 and B.  Sites C1 and C2 are located on the S-1 parking garage is South Campus.  Many visitors find this densely developed area difficult to navigate, making access challenging for UW non-Health Sciences and community collaborators.  Further, addressing the loss of S-1 parking in South Campus creates a significant financial burden for the University.  Building on Site A1 concedes 400,000 SF of potential growth capacity proposed in the 2018 CMP.  For A1, the current 65’ height restriction under the 2003 CMP also creates uncharacteristically large floor plates compared to the existing surrounding buildings, as well as the taller towers anticipated in the West Campus planned innovation district in the proposed 2018 CMP.  Through thoughtful discussions, the PEC reached consensus on recommending Sites A2 and B for final consideration.

On May 10, 207 the Board of Regents approved site B for the Population Health Facility project.  The campus map below outlines the site. Site B is located in the core academic campus. Locating the facility here will create a gateway to campus and while prominently representing a key University priority.  It will give the Population Health Initiative prominence as a core academic effort that is firmly grounded at the University of Washington.  Located on Site B, the new facility can provide a new face for the UW’s campus and the reach of its work across the globe.   This location facilitates pulling faculty and undergraduate students from other core campus disciplines with classrooms and abundant collaboration spaces.  The new building could also become the threshold between the core campus and the new West Campus Development – with active street frontage along 15th Avenue and pedestrian-friendly crosswalks.  However, 15th Avenue will always be a symbolic, if not physical, separator (a principal arterial with an 80’ right of way and increasing bus traffic).   Several studies have been examining this site as both gateway and threshold, solidifying our confidence that it is possible to do both.  The images below show the potential prominence of a building on this site as it related to the 40th Street entrance and possibility of it creating a pedestrian threshold to West Campus.

Site B is also unaffected by the pending 2018 Campus Master Plan approval.  Its maximum capacity is already 300,000 sf in the 2003 Campus Master Plan, and that same capacity is being carried forward in the 2018 plan.  This allows us to move forward based on the current gift agreement and continue to build on the momentum that has been created around the entire initiative.

Campus map showing selected site on 15th Ave NE at NE Grant Lane

For a description of the alternative sites considered, please review the power point presentation shared in outreach meetings during the site review process at this link: Outreach


Information about the Environmental Impact Statement for these sites is available at


Access the Draft 2018 UW Campus Masterplans at this link: Campus Master Plans

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Project Delivery: Integrated Design Build

The Project Executive Committee and the University Architectural Commission worked collaboratively to select Lease Crutcher Lewis/Miller Hull Partnership as the Design Builder for the Population Health Facility project.  This integrated delivery process engages owner stakeholders, trade partners and consultants early in the project definition and design phase to encourage innovation and maximize value for the project.  The UW chose this delivery method for the following reasons.

  1. Belief that Together Everyone Achieves More.
  2. University desires an active role in project definition, design and construction decisions.
  3. Positively impact cost, schedule, building performance and quality, and maximize value by incorporating value added incentive items to the base program.
  4. Increase predictability and manage expectations.

In the spirit of collaboration, the project team developed a charter highlighting the project goals and defining the behaviors essential for the project success. Everyone participating in the project will sign the charter when they join the team.

Population health facility Team Charter showing vision, goals, behavior, tools

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The  Population Health Facility project is committed to promoting healthy living within and around the new facility, and employing best practices in sustainable building to reduce energy and water use, lower life cycle costs, and improve occupant satisfaction and health.  To measure our success on these goals we reviewed several certifications:  LEED, WELL, Fitwel, the Living Building Challenge and the City of Seattle's Living Building Pilot Program.  Each of these certifications emphasizes different sustainable and wellness outcomes, and all five have inspired  the building design. In designing the building we are considering how the university community will experience the building and surrounding site, how building occupants will engage in creative interaction and varied work activities, what it means to design for inclusion and 'occupant health', and how the building and site will be safely maintained by UW Facilities.
The following list highlights some of the sustainable and wellness design features incorporated into the building.

  1. Harvesting rainwater for reuse in flushing bathroom fixtures
  2. Bio retention landscaping and aggressive stormwater management
  3. Outdoor site designed to provide access to nature and a healthy experience, conducive to stimulating thinking and reducing stress
  4. Incorporating biophilic design concepts
  5. Avoidance of toxic chemicals in building materials
  6. Bicycle storage and showers
  7. Solar panels
  8. Passive shading and operable windows
  9. Advanced ventilation and filtration strategies to provide high levels of quality outside air
  10. Use of heat pumps to complement the UW central plant and increase heating and cooling efficiency
  11. Active Design principles such as day lit egress stairs and attractive central stair circulation
  12. Democratic access to daylight and views, including circadian light modulation
  13. Gender neutral restrooms
  14. Innovative wellness credit - We are engaging with health professionals to advise design choices focused on improving health and wellness.

In addition to the features listed above, the project is partnering with the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF), UW Solar and Engineers without Boarders on student initiated projects.  CSF hosted a design charrette with the design team to generate ideas that would complement the building goals and design. The following ideas are under consideration.

  1.  A gray water irrigation pilot to demonstrate the reuse of filtered gray water in irrigation
  2.  A visual display of the reuse of stormwater
  3.  A feasibility study for the reuse of gray water
  4.  Additional solar panels

The  Population Health Facility is committed to achieving LEED Gold Certification under version 4, which is much more stringent and difficult than past versions of LEED.  LEED certification is a standard in the State and Washington and required with state funding, which the Population Health Facility received. It is also a commonly used standard of sustainability for the UW and other universities. It is a valuable tool to measure the University's long range progress on improving sustainability.  The project is also pursuing WELL and Fitwel certification.  We found that complementing LEED certification with one or both of the wellness certifications will best meet the project goals of reducing energy use and increasing occupant satisfaction and health.  Finally, we are working toward eliminating 6 Red List chemicals that we know to be harmful to occupants and the supply chain. These chemicals were vetted through our health partners for their impacts and include: PVC, Hexavalent Chro

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Project Manager - Jeannie Natta (206) 616-7579 |

Construction Manager - Mark Sweeters (206) 391-6207 |

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