Tuesday, April 23, 2002
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University of California to officially dedicate UC Washington center

The University of California dedicates its new Washington Center today (Tuesday, April 23) in the heart of the nation's capital.

"The Washington Center serves as a constant reminder of the partnership the University of California has forged with the federal government in educating our next generation of leaders and in expanding the frontiers of knowledge," said UC President Richard C. Atkinson. "This new facility brings members of the University of California family in Washington under one roof, and it provides an incredible opportunity for our students to participate in experiential learning at the center of national politics and policy-making."

The center is located at 1608 Rhode Island NW in the Scott's Circle area of Washington.

Guests at the dedication ceremony will include chancellors of UC campuses, members of the UC Board of Regents, UC students, faculty and alumni, and California Congressional delegation members, as well as other local dignitaries and friends.

The 11-story, 176,264 square foot center is home to more than 250 students, faculty and staff. Students representing all UC undergraduate campuses participate in internships and academic programs at the center while living in the facility's on-site residence. The center has seminar rooms with state of the art technology including a computer lab, videoconferencing capability and network connections at the bedside in the residence.

In addition to serving students and faculty, the center is also home to the UC's Office of Federal Governmental Relations and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

The Academic Center, directed by former UC Davis political science department chairman Larry Berman, provides academic course work and facilitates internship opportunities for students in the Washington metropolitan area. UC students participating in internships can be found working in congressional offices, the White House, the National Institutes of Health and a variety of government agencies, associations and organizations.

"We hope that this state-of-the-art facility will become a center for cultural, intellectual and research programs in Washington, D.C.," Berman said. "For me, the words written on the seal of the University of California that are also inscribed above the front door of the center -- Let There Be Light -- serves as a constant reminder that the young people here will help shape the future of our world. Many of them will acquire the first tools and skills from their internship experiences and the academic programs offered at the Washington Center."

Construction of the new facility began in October 1999. Construction and day-to-day operations of the center are funded by a combination of public and private funds. The cost of the building, including its state-of-the-art technology, is estimated at $30 million.

The building was designed by the architectural firm of Einhorn Yaffee Presscott and the developer was JA Jones/Tompkins. The Washington Business Journal nominated the UC Washington Center as a finalist for best architecture.

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