Paul G. Allen Center
|Departments:||Computer Science & Engineering|
The Paul G. Allen Center is a state of the art facility that allows the Computer Science & Engineering department to continue to excel. Groundbreaking for the 85,000 square foot building, which was designed by LMN Architects, took place in autumn 2001 and the building opened in autumn 2003. The building increased Computer Science & Engineering’s total space by a factor of 2.5 and its laboratory space by a factor of 3, for the first time approaching national norms for comparable programs.
The cost of the facility was $72 million, of which, $42 million was raised privately and $30 million was provided by the UW and the state. The fundraising campaign leadership included Tom Alberg (Madrona Venture Group), Jeremy Jaech (CSE alumnus and co-founder of Aldus and Visio), and Ed Lazowska (Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science and head of the department from 1993-2001). Leadership gifts for the building were made by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Microsoft Corporation.