Nearing the end of the design phase, EWU’s new Interdisciplinary Science Center (ISC) is currently under consideration for funding by the state legislature. The ISC will serve as an extension to the more than 45-year-old Science Building, and will accommodate the growth seen in STEM fields over the past decade.
“The governor’s budget has come out, and the ISC construction funding is in the governor’s budget at our full amount we requested at $67 million,” said Shawn King, associate vice president of Facilities and Planning, at the open house meeting Thursday, Jan. 12. The final budget from the House and Senate will be approved between March and April.
If approved by the state legislature, the ISC could begin construction as early as September 2017. Construction would take roughly 22 months to complete, which would place the building to finish around summer 2019.
Design funding for the renovation of the current Science Building is not in the governor’s budget, which is estimated at $7.5 million initially. On a list of academic building projects, the renovation of the science building scored as the No. 2 priority in Washington state.
“Although we hope to receive redesign funding for the existing Science Building in the current budget cycle, our top priority must be completion of the ISC. It would be very difficult to begin a renovation of the Science Building until the ISC is complete,” said David Bowman, PhD and dean of the College of Science.
The design shows four levels containing designated study spaces as well as teaching labs for chemistry, biology, physics and geology. Bridges will connect the existing Science Building and the ISC.
The design concept of the ISC includes benches and seating throughout, see-through displays looking into lab spaces and whiteboard space in small group study areas. The design also pulls in the campus itself as a living laboratory, with teaching spaces incorporated into the surrounding landscaping and pedestrian walkways.
For more information, visit the Facilities and Planning website.