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UPS names building for Weyerhaeusers

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on May 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm with No Comments »
May 26, 2011 12:09 pm

The University of Puget Sound will name its new health sciences building Weyerhaeuser Hall, in honor of Bill and Gail Weyerhaeuser.

The building is scheduled to open this fall.

The university’s board of trustees agreed to name the building for the couple in recognition of their lifetime contributions to the university.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Weyerhaeuser Hall is scheduled for Oct. 28.

University President Ronald Thomas said the Weyerhaeusers have been supporting the university’s strategic efforts since 1978 “in every conceivable manner: personally, strategically and financially.”

Bill Weyerhaeuser is chairman of the board of Columbia Bank and has served on the university’s board of trustees. He chaired the board from 1993 to 2003, and co-chaired the university’s recent capital campaign. Gail Weyerhaeuser is a former member of the advisory board at University of Washington Tacoma, a former chair of the Charles Wright Academy board and a supporter of the College Success Foundation and other youth-oriented institutions.

The 42,500-square-foot building named for the Weyerhaeusers is at the south end of the Tacomacampus, across from Memorial Fieldhouse. The $22 million project will house classrooms and space for research and clinical practice in occupational and physical therapy, exercise science, psychology and neuroscience.

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