RICHLAND, Wash.–Washington State University regents delegated authority to the university to begin design work on a new Science Education Center for WSU Tri-Cities and for several projects at Pullman during their meeting here today.
Pullman projects approved for predesign or schematic design work include the new Center for Teaching and Learning; a facility for both landscape architecture and the apparel, merchandising and interior design disciplines; an addition to Cleveland Hall housing the College of Education; renovation and an addition to the Murrow Communication Center; and campus road and infrastructure projects.
Also approved for predesign is the proposed Student Recreation Center for the Pullman campus. Funding for predesign will come from the Students Facilities Fee reserve fund.
In related action, the board approved a $100 per semester fee for students enrolled at Pullman to support the new recreation center which received a 64 percent “yes” vote in a student referendum earlier this spring. The fee will not be charged until the center — offering a wide array of sports and exercise facilities — is open for student use, the regents were told. The $40 million building is planned for completion in 2001.
Geoffrey Gamble, interim provost, briefed the regents on the higher education accountability standards set by the Washington Legislature, including retention and graduation rates among others. He indicated that successful use of technology to improve learning and expand access will be WSU’s individualized accountability measure.
The regents also dedicated the new Consolidated Information Center on the WSU-Tri-Cities campus. The building houses WSU’s Max Benitz Memorial Library, the Hanford Technical Library and the U.S. Department of Energy Reading Room.
The $18.6 million facility, funded in part through a long-term federal lease, makes a million books, journals and reports available to students, faculty and the public. It will also be home for the University Center for Professional Education and the WSU Tri-Cities Business Assistance Center.

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The $18.6 million facility, funded in part through a long-term federal lease, makes a million books, journals and reports available to students, faculty and the public. It will also be home for the University Center for Professional Education and the WSU Tri-Cities Business Assistance Center.