EWU to move three CSTEM programs to Spokane location

EWU to move three CSTEM programs to Spokane location
Credit: catalystspokane.com 

Eastern Washington University will move their Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Visual Communication Design programs for its Cheney campus to a new building in Spokane’s University District.

Avista unveiled plans for their Catalyst Building Tuesday, the first in a series of developments in Spokane’s University District.

According to Avista, the 150,000 square-foot building will be the first office building in the state constructed out of environmentally friendly cross-laminated timber (CLT), and will be connected to an energy resource sharing eco-district planned for the development.

Spokane Mayor David Condon issued the following statement about the Catalyst Building project and announcement that Eastern Washington University is moving 1,000 students into the building:

The momentum continues to build in Spokane. Eastern Washington University is doubling down on its investment in Spokane and bringing more STEM education to the heart of the city and a visionary venture by Avista Development that uses environmentally friendly materials produced by Katerra. The Catalyst Project is the next anchor to a University District that is rapidly growing, and will be an important destination for the connection to the East Sprague business area being established by the new pedestrian bridge. This is an amazing time to invest in the city.

Avista Development owns the land on which the building will be built, and has formed the South Landing Building A, LLC, with long-time McKinstry executives Dean Allen and Bill Teplicky to develop the project. Avista Development also owns land to the south, east, and west, and has plans for future development of those locations.

The new building will connect to the University District Gateway Bridge, which is currently under construction.

“We’re thrilled to be the catalyst for expanding Spokane’s urban core,” said Scott Morris, Chairman and CEO of Avista. “This development will add to the vibrancy of the University District and will drive further economic development in the city.”

As the primary tenant of the building, EWU’s spaces will feature modern, high-tech classrooms.

“Eastern Washington University is excited to establish itself as a distinctive university that truly inspires knowledge, ignites change and revolutionizes the way we do education,” said EWU President Mary Cullinan. “From the beginning, we felt like the development at South Landing would provide our students a one-of-a-kind opportunity to interact with the companies that may one day employ them.”

Construction of the new building is scheduled to begin in September 2018, and is expected to be completed by April 2020.

For more information and project updates, visit catalystspokane.com.