Western Washington University signed a lease on a new downtown office that it will use to better connect the university with its surroundings, community and 15,000 local alumni.
The university plans to open the office, at 1155 N. State St. on the ground floor of the Herald Building, on June 19, according to a news release from the university.
The 2,500-square-foot office will include a conference and events room, facilities and opportunities for the public to learn about campus life, a public reception area and office space for nine university staff members. The news release calls the office a “welcome-to-Western center in the heart of the city.”
“The distinctive character, values and relationships that the City of Bellingham and Western share are key parts of what makes this such a great place to live, learn, work and play.” said Western President Bruce Shepard in the news release. “We’re excited to deepen that engagement and broaden our sense of community with this new presence downtown.”
Western signed a two-year lease with options for three additional annual extensions, according to the news release.
The office is a partnership between Western, the WWU Alumni Association and the WWU Foundation.