Celebrating a milestone! Breaking ground on the center for science & innovation

Posted by The Seattle University Alumni Association on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 10:32 AM PDT

Photo collage of the CSI groundbreaking event

Last week, over 400 donors, alumni, faculty, staff, students and community partners gathered for the official groundbreaking for the Center for Science and Innovation (CSI). We celebrated this milestone with joy!

Father Steve shared from the podium, “The Center for Science and Innovation is the most ambitious project undertaken in the university’s history. It will provide a new gateway to campus and transform the way we educate students across disciplines; and it will serve as a hub of innovation, collaboration, corporate and community engagement—a place where we will shape the world’s next generation of leaders.”

When it opens in 2021, the CSI will significantly enhance the educational opportunities we provide our students. It will position us for new initiatives and enable our students to engage more deeply with local industry and with the surrounding community.

The majority of funds for the CSI are being raised from generous alumni and donors including PACCAR ($5 million), Amazon ($3 million), Microsoft ($3 million) and Murdock Trust ($1.75 million). Named spaces already include the PACCAR Courtyard, the Amazon Computer Science Project Center and the Microsoft Café.

In the words of Board of Trustees Chair Nicole Piasecki: “It takes a community to make this vision become reality. We would not be joined together today without the efforts of our volunteers, the generosity of our donors and their shared faith in the vision for this project.” Many thanks to all of you for being part of our community!

For those who were not able to join us, here is a quick look at last week’s celebration.