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KIRKLAND, WA-Northwest College has snapped up the former Captura building for $5.3 million.

College officials say they plans to use the 35,000-sf Lakeview office building at 6710 108th Ave. for its expanding adult and professional programs. It also will house administrative offices, which are to be relocated from the nearby 56-acre main campus.

“In the physical sense, we are root-bound,” says Don Argue, President of Northwest College. “Enrollment and program offerings are continuing to expand, but we simply do not have the space on our campus to continue to meet the growing demand by students. This building will relieve the pressure on our main campus and will provide room for expansion of our fastest growing programs.”

The building was constructed in 2000 and served as the headquarters for Captura, an international software firm. In July 2002, Captura was acquired by Concur Technologies of Redmond, Wash., which consolidated operations and vacated the Kirkland facility.

“We noticed that the building was empty; we thought there might be some opportunity to move some of our programs onto the site… even if it was just temporarily,” says Dan Neary, Vice President for College Advancement. “After digging a little deeper, we found that we might be able to purchase the property for an extremely affordable price and permanently locate our graduate and professional programs in this premium space.” Northwest College purchased the property from Columbia State Bank for $5.3 million.

Northwest has 850 students in the traditional baccalaureate programs on its main, residential campus. This fall, there are more 250 additional students in graduate and degree-completion programs.

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