University of Washington School of Public Health

UW SPH News: Breaking ground on new population health building

Breaking ground on new population health building


The UW broke ground this spring on a new population health facility that will house much of the School of Public Health, including the Department of Global Health.

The 290,000-square-foot building – slated to open in 2020 – also will house the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation as well as the UW’s Population Health Initiative, a 25-year effort to advance the health of people around the world. The building will be at the southeast corner of 15th Avenue NE and NE Grant Place at the western entrance to campus. It was made possible with a transformative $210 million gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as $15 million in earmarked funding from the state Legislature. See photos of the event.

 photo of ground breaking for Population Health
From L to R: State Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle; State Rep. Steve Tharinger, D-Sequim; Judith Wasserheit, chair of global health; UW President Ana Mari Cauce; Chris Elias (MPH ’90) of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; SPH Interim Dean Joel Kaufman; Chris Murray of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation; and SPH undergraduate Gabino Abarca.