Center for Health Sciences Makes the "Excellent 10" List for its Economic Contributions to Pierce County

April 19, 2011

TACOMA, Wash. – The new Center for Health Sciences at University of Puget Sound has been named one of the “Excellent 10” great economic development projects that took place in Pierce County during 2010. The announcement was made on March 18 by the Economic Development Board  of Tacoma-Pierce County at its 2011 annual meeting, recognizing the university’s contributions to the economic health and well-being of Tacoma and Pierce County.

In commending the project, Economic Development Board Executive Director Bruce Kendall spoke highly of the leadership shown by Puget Sound President Ronald R. Thomas, both in the community and in higher education. He also highlighted the contributions made by Thomas during his recent three-year term on the board.

The Center for Health Sciences, designed by award-winning architect Peter Bohlin, will provide a dramatic new space for study, research, and clinical practice in occupational and physical therapy, exercise science, psychology, and neuroscience. The 42,500-square-foot building at the south end of campus is now under construction and will open in time for the new academic year in late August. The centerpiece of Puget Sound's 20-year master plan for campus development, it is being built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

The board’s annual meeting today focused on education, with keynote speakers University of Washington President Phyllis Wise and Washington State University President Elson Floyd. The speakers were interviewed on stage by David Zeeck, publisher and president of The News Tribune.

Others in the “Excellent 10” list were the new Metagenics facility in Gig Harbor, Pepsico’s new warehouse, the upcoming LeMay America’s Car Museum, the 2010 United States Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Columbia Bank, Cheney Stadium, MultiCare Health System,   Pierce County Skills Center, Port of Tacoma Parcel 88 Remediation Project, and the City of Gig Harbor wastewater treatment facility. The list is derived from public nominations of projects that were underway or were completed during 2010.

For more on the Center for Health Sciences visit: www.pugetsound.edu/chs

Press-quality photos of the building can be downloaded from: www.pugetsound.edu/pressphotos.xml

Photos on page: Top right: Construction at Feb. 2011 (Photo by Ross Mulhausen); above left: First floor lobby image; above right: Orthoclinic image.

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