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By Phuong Le

SEATTLE (AP) - The University of Washington is getting $210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help build a new facility to advance efforts to improve the health and well-being of people around the world, officials said Tuesday.

The donation from the largest private foundation in the world, located just miles from the Seattle campus, is the largest single gift in the university's history.

The new building will serve as a research hub for faculty and others working on an ambitious new population health initiative to address challenges such as poverty, health care access, equity and climate change. The total facility cost is $230 million.

"This is really much more than about a building," UW President Ana Mari Cauce said in an interview last week. "The building is really about catalyzing a vision - an initiative that we launched last spring to really be first in the world in terms of population health."

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