Remember The Spring District I introduced you to last time? Here’s another addition I think you will be excited about! With construction starting in Spring of 2016, this 86,000 sq. ft. building will be home to office and [some] retail space, decks interspersed on the exterior of the building, and 200 underground parking spaces. Now, I bet you’re wondering what will be taking up this impressive space?? Two of the world’s leading research universities have partnered together to create the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), “an institute dedicated to educating the next generation of innovators.” (UW Today.)
University of Washington has partnered with Microsoft and China’s Tsinghua University to bring you a unique opportunity that will emphasize technology and entrepreneurship. The first degree in technology innovation will be a wonderful first addition to this state-of-the-art facility, featuring computing and design labs, a prototyping facility and collaboration and presentation spaces. Just 10 miles from the UW Seattle Campus, students will have a chance to connect to research companies and nonprofits that focus on global challenges. GIX classes will start next fall at Tsinghua University, and classes in Bellevue will begin in the Fall of 2017. Within a decade, GIX expects to have more than 3,000 students in attendance. As always, I will keep you updated!