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Campus Grounds & Buildings

If you are fortunate enough to attend Cascadia as a student, work as an employee, or visit our campus you will be greeted by a palette of seasons. Conifer forests dominate in the winter. Native plantings of all kinds blossom in the spring. During summer, our Campus Farm and Food Forest produce fruits and vegetables. The maple trees turn red in the fall. And the wetlands and wild grasses thrive year-round.

 

Campus Grounds & Buildings

Campus Buildings and Grounds - Sustainable Living Lab!

Wetlands

The Cascadia College and UW Bothell campus contains one of the largest wetland restoration projects on the west coast of the United States. The wetland had been significantly altered in the 1900s to support cattle ranching operations. After the State of Washington purchased the property, Cascadia and UW Bothell worked with wetland ecologists and other partners to restore the stream channel and floodplain to support the complex ecosystems that rely on it. The 58-acre wetland is maintained campus groundskeepers and students who use it as a living laboratory to study water quality, botany, ecology, and wildlife biology.

North Creek

North Creek, which runs through our campus before connecting with the Sammamish River, is a salmon-bearing stream that is home to several different species of salmon. Cascadia College and UW Bothell earned Salmon-Safe certification in recognition of ongoing work to help protect water quality, maintain watershed health, and restore the vitality of North Creek. We are happy to help protect the health and habitat of wild salmon.

Food Forest

The Cascadia Food Forest was planted in a central location for easy access. Everything in it -- trees, shrubs, and plants -- is edible and open for community members to pick and enjoy eating. November brings us black huckleberries and persimmons. At other times of the year you can find jujubes, pawpaws, Turkish quince and a wide variety of other fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Like the rest of our campus plantings and grounds, the Food Forest is pesticide-free.

Campus Farm

Our Campus Farm is part of our initiative in permaculture management which integrates our land and resources to benefit our community. It also functions as an outdoor learning space where students can learn about sustainable land use and food production.

Native Pollinator Garden

A third campus garden on campus is designed to attract native pollinators by planting nectar- and pollen-rich flowers, nesting sites, and other features that will help to boost the population of bees, which are critical to the health and diversity of our food systems. We have been recognized by Bee Campus USA since 2021.

Green Buildings

Global Learning & the Arts

Cascadia's Global Learning & the Arts building (CC3) achieved LEED Platinum after its completion in 2012. This is the highest certification available. The building produces clean renewable energy through solar panel installations, collects rainwater and reuses it for flushing toilets and watering native plants, and for relying on sustainable products in its construction. A dashboard located on the first floor allows us to compare water and electric usage in all campus buildings. Our Global Learning & the Arts building houses a full theater/event space, an art gallery, art studios, classrooms, study and gathering spaces, and offices. (Miller+Hull Architects)

Innovation Hall

77,000 gross square feet, four stories, chemistry labs, engineering lab, networking lab, interdisciplinary lab, and several classrooms. This is the first academic building on campus that is shared by Cascadia and UW Bothell. Opening for students in winter quarter 2024, it is on track to be awarded LEED Gold. (Mithun architects and Lease Crutcher, Lewis contractors). Watch it come to life in this short video.

Other Cascadia Buildings

Cascadia's buildings are frequently updated to meet new standards for water and electricity consumption. We also strive to adopt practices -- recycling and purchasing, for instance -- that enable our community to use fewer resources.

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