Summary: A building dedication is a celebration of completion and of anticipation for the future. When the
doors open for the October 9 dedication of the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science &
Engineering, the celebration will be rousing on both counts. After four years of design, fundraising,
and construction, this state-of-the-art facility for Computer Science & Engineering has finished on
time and on budget.
The department, the College of Engineering, and the University ofWashington will celebrate the
completion of the $72 million project and salute the many friends and alumni who laid the
foundation for this success. Private donations contributed $42 million of the total funding,
including leadership gifts of $14 million from Paul G. Allen, $7.2 million from Microsoft
Corporation, and $6.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Seven additional gifts of
$1 million or more were received, and more than 250 donors in total contributed to the
campaign, which was led by Tom Alberg, managing director of MadronaVenture Group, Jeremy
Jaech, CSE alumnus and co-founder of Aldus andVisio, and faculty member and Bill & Melinda
Gates Chair Ed Lazowska.
"Our friends and alumni recognize the importance of having a top computer science program in
the region," said David Notkin, Bradley Professor and department chair. "The support we have
received is incredibly gratifying. We are so proud to celebrate a public/private partnership that is
unprecedented in UW history."
Major categories of donors include department alumni, friends in the state's technology industry,
and venture capitalists who recognize CSE's significant role as a catalyst for startup companies