The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation has made a gift of $1 million toward the construction of a new welcome center to receive visitors at University of Puget Sound.

“First impressions count, as we all know, and with the help of this gift, future campus visitors will enjoy the warm and authentic welcome that is so much a part of our college culture and so characteristic of our community in the Pacific Northwest,” President Isiaah Crawford said. “We are enormously grateful for the vision and generosity of this gift from our longtime friend and supporter, the Leavey Foundation.”

In addition, the foundation has pledged another $1 million that will be released in the form of a “waterfall grant” if the university reaches $6.5 million in documented commitments toward its fundraising goal of $7.5 million by the autumn of 2018.

The construction of the welcome center is the next major initiative in Puget Sound’s “Tapestry of Learning” master plan, which has guided the creation of nearly a dozen major facilities since it was conceived in 2003–04. Three of those projects received funding from the Los Angeles-based Leavey Foundation, which supports medical research, hospitals, higher and secondary education, and social service worldwide.

Slated for completion in the fall of 2019, the center will stand at the corner of N. Alder Street and N. 15th Street.

“We have enjoyed more than 20 years of partnering with Puget Sound as the college has grown in status nationally and expanded its reach internationally,” said Kathleen McCarthy Duncan ’82, a trustee of the Leavey Foundation and of Puget Sound. “It is with pleasure that we stand by the college once again to help create a Welcome Center that will truly be the window through which visitors first view the beautiful campus.”