Avista Development's planned Catalyst Building in Spokane's University District will feature Eastern Washington University as the primary tenant, opening the doors for EWU to be an innovation hub connecting students to the regional business community.
As the main tenant, EWU will move three programs from its College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CSTEM) in Cheney to the Spokane location – its computer science, electrical engineering and visual communication design (VCD) programs. This move will add 50 faculty members and an additional 1,000 students to Spokane, bringing a total of 4,000 EWU students to the University District.
The five-story, 150,000-square-foot Catalyst building along East Sprague Avenue will provide a space where industry and academia intersect to foster collaboration and innovation. The building will connect to Spokane’s growing University District by the Gateway Bridge, which is currently under construction.
EWU's spaces will feature modern, high-tech classrooms that will provide students with immersive learning experiences. By relocating programs from its CSTEM, the university hopes to increase the capacity of the regional workforce in key areas of engineering, computer science, data analytics, digital media and tech commercialization and transfer.
The Catalyst 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. Construction of the building is scheduled to begin in September 2018, and is expected to be completed by April 2020.
Avista Development owns the land on which the building will be erected and has formed a separate entity, the South Landing Building A, LLC, with long-time McKinstry executives to develop the project.
"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."
For more information on the Catalyst project, visit catalystspokane.com.