Kaiser Borsari Hall - PW758

Architect's rendering of proposed Kaiser Borsari Hall attached to the Communications Facility

Kaiser Borsari Hall, Western’s new electrical engineering and computer science building will house growing Western Washington University programs in electrical engineering, computer science, and energy science. The new building will be approximately 54,000 square feet, consisting of teaching labs, learning research labs, active learning classrooms, collaborative space, and academic administrative space.

This project, along with the recently completed Interdisciplinary Science Building, represents Western’s accelerated expansion of the infrastructure needed to increase student access and teaching capacity in STEM fields. The space in the new facility will reduce bottlenecks in these programs and help Western meet the increasing workforce demand for people with advanced skills in systems engineering and computer science. 

The new building has been named for Fred Kaiser and Grace Borsari, longtime friends and champions of Western, who have committed $10 million to the campaign to fund the project. The project represents a public-private funding partnership that aims to leverage state funds with private donations through the Western Foundation’s “Building Washington’s Future” capital campaign

To help Western attain its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2035, the project team is targeting achieving Living Building Challenge Energy Petal Certification, which includes Net Zero energy use and Net Zero carbon impact. The achievement would make Kaiser Borsari Hall the first net zero building on a university campus in Washington state and provide hands-on opportunities for students to learn about the new technologies and analyze real-time performance data.

The new building and existing Communications Facility will be connected by a sky bridge, maximizing program efficiencies and increasing collaboration opportunities. It is being designed as a hub for collaboration and connection with industry partners and will include spaces that foster innovation, investigation, and inspiration. Designed with physical and cultural accessibility and inclusion in mind, the building will support learning and the exchange of ideas among an increasingly diverse population of students and faculty, helping Western to achieve its goals of inclusive student success and increasing Washington impact by contributing to future workforce needs in Washington and the region.

Mortenson Construction has been the selected as the General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM), and construction is scheduled to begin in April of 2023. The project is expected to be completed in 2024.
 

Contact Information

Mark Nicasio, Project Manager, (360) 650-6296

Jonathan Higgins, Director, University Communications, (360) 650-3350