Google Pledges $10 Million to University of Washington

Google has pledged $10 million to the University of Washington in support of research and a new computer science and engineering building, GeekWire reports.

The latest in a series of pledges for the $110 million project from high-profile tech companies — including $10 million from Microsoft, $10 million from Amazon.com, and $5 million from the Zillow Group, all based in Seattle — Google's gift stipulates a "mix of support for research projects and research facilities." Scheduled to be completed in 2019, the 130,000-square-foot CSE facility will provide much-needed classroom, laboratory, and collaborative spaces.

The gift from Google was made as part of an ongoing research collaboration with UW, which is a top recipient of Google faculty research awards and graduate fellowships. Although the company is based in Silicon Valley, it has had a presence in the Seattle area since 2004, when it established an engineering center in the region.

"We're thrilled with the support we've received from Microsoft, Amazon, Zillow, Google, and more than a hundred friends and alumni," Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates chair of the Computer Science & Engineering Department, told GeekWire. "Thanks to them, diesel excavators are hard at work, and we'll have the space to double our enrollment. Google's commitment is a clear statement about their role as a full partner in the Seattle tech community."