Health Services now has new space in the UW Tower
When the University of Washington purchased the Safeco Tower (now called UW Tower) in 2006, the acquisition dramatically expanded on-campus space for administrative offices. The Department of Health Services has directly benefited from the University's purchase, and we now have significant office space on the 14th floor of the UW Tower.
In late May, the offices of SEAQoL (Donald Patrick, Director) moved from their Fremont location into UW Tower. Research staff directed by William Lafferty have also relocated to the Tower. Other moves planned for June include the Health Informatics and Health Information Management program and the faculty offices of Branko Kopjar, Jeremy Sappington, and Fred Connell.
Paul Kraegel, Research Manager, has been the staff member charged with coordinating the relocation of Health Services personnel to the Tower. He reports that the faculty and staff who have already moved into the Tower have been very pleased with the view and the brightness of the workspaces. He says an important advantage of the Tower location is that it will increase collaboration among research units.
The 14th floor has one large conference room, three small conference rooms, an IT workspace, and ample file storage space. A kitchenette will be installed this fall.
The Department of Biostatistics has space on the 15th floor. Other tenants of note include OSP and Human Subjects who will occupy space on the 16th and 17th floors. Educational Outreach, the Attorney General's Office, Planning and Budgeting, Nursing/CNE, Social Work, and UWMC will also have space in the building.
The mezzanine level of the Tower will have an espresso stand and "grab and go" lunch service by early July. An on-site gym is planned to open in 2009. The 22nd floor of UW Tower will be a conference center, offering multiple meeting spaces, many of which will have spectacular views of the city.
The UW Tower is now a regularly scheduled stop on the Health Sciences Express Shuttle—making it an easy commute from Health Sciences. On weekdays, shuttles run every 15 minutes.