This September, the Evans School welcomed our largest cohort of students in the school’s history, filling beloved Parrington Hall almost to the bursting point. More than 250 women and men began classes in our MPA, EMPA, and Ph.D. programs, bringing the total student population to more than 500. We also welcomed new Assistant Professors Ines Jurcevic and Karin Martin, Acting Assistant Professor Grant Blume, visiting faculty Jose Magallanes and Jill Dougherty, and senior lecturers Erica Mills and Matt Steuerwalt, bringing our core faculty up to 45.
When the Evans School moved into Parrington Hall in 1987, the school had 100 students, 12 core faculty, and offered one degree (the MPA). In the past two decades, it has more than tripled in size and scope. This transformative growth of our programs, student body, and faculty roster has played an impactful role in gaining global recognition for the Evans School. At the same time, being a top-ranked program has made it particularly obvious that the physical constraints of Parrington Hall and the lack of modernization is severely limiting our ability to be innovative, collaborative, and bold.
In short, our building is not keeping up with our world-renowned program.
Renovating Parrington Hall to support current and emerging pedagogy is an important step for the school’s continued success. Last year, we launched the Campaign for the Evans School, a transformative $50 million fundraising effort to support the next generation of public service leaders by investing in students and faculty and funding innovative research with real-world impact.
One key goal of the Campaign is to reimagine Parrington Hall as a dynamic space that advances learning, with room for group work, more classes, additional faculty offices to support our growing faculty, and classrooms without limited visibility (say goodbye to the pillars in 109!). With an anticipated investment of $10 million dollars from the Washington State Legislature, we are working hard to raise matching private funds to renovate this historic building. Generous donors have already contributed $7 million towards our $10 million private donations goal. By renovating this historic building, we can improve the educational experience we offer while continuing to make this historic building our home on the UW campus.
Check out the architectural renderings of this new space, and imagine the impact for the next generation of public service leaders.
The new entry would open up the space for collaboration and study by removing one of the stairways.
An expanded classroom on the first floor would replace the separate offices that currently reside behind the security doors of 124.
The second floor stairs will be open to the first floor. The two restrooms will be replaced with small, quiet, group study areas.