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What is the schedule for the CSI project?

April 2, 2019

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This week you will begin to see activities related to the new Center for Science and Innovation (CSI), the largest construction project in Seattle University’s history. The project includes the new building at the current site of the University Services Building (USVC) as well as renovations in the Bannan Science and Engineering buildings. In preparation, all occupants of USVC have been moved out of the building. (To find the new locations of offices and services that have been relocated from USVC, please visit Design and Construction.)

Following is a brief timeline for the CSI project:

  • On Friday and Saturday of this week (April 5 and 6) a construction fence will be installed around the site.
  • Construction trailers will start to arrive on the Marion lot on Saturday, April 13.
  • Salvage of the USVC interior and relocation of the university's telecommunications demarcation ("Demarc") will take place during April and May.
  • The data center shutdown and generator installation will take place over Memorial Day weekend. Visit ITS for more details.
  • The official groundbreaking for the CSI will take place 11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 30, at the site with a reception in Sullivan Hall. A formal invitation will be sent to the campus community but you don’t have to wait to RSVP here.
  • The date for the demolition of USVC is dependent upon permits from the city. The current plan is to begin demolition on Monday, June 17, and the process is expected to take about eight days. The building will be taken down with bulldozers rather than by imploding or exploding.
  • Following the demolition, construction of the new building will begin and continue through spring of 2021. During spring and summer of 2021, the focus will shift to renovations in Bannan Science and Engineering. Over that same time period, the new building will be furnished, and lab equipment, faculty and staff will move in for the start of the 2021 Fall Quarter. 

Updates on the CSI project will continue to be provided to the campus community in the weeks and months ahead. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Ranleigh Starling, CSI project manager, at (206) 296-6325.