The first dirt was turned for Eastern Washington University’s long-awaited Interdisciplinary Science Center (ISC) Monday, July 23, during the official groundbreaking ceremony.
EWU President Mary Cullinan, along with lawmakers State Sen. Michael Baumgartner, State Sen. David Frockt, State Rep. Mike Volz and local dignitaries made an appearance at the monumental event, speaking on the significance of the $60 million project -- funded by the state Legislature’s most recent capital budget (2017-19).
“I don’t think there is anyone in the state that does more with less than Eastern Washington University,” said Sen. Baumgartner. “What I want to see is Eastern Washington University get to do more with more, and that’s part of what we’re doing here today.”
EWU has selected Lydig Construction Inc. to complete the 100,000 square-foot building. The facility will occupy the vacant plot of land between the Pence Union Building and the current Science Building. It will connect to the existing Science Building with enclosed walkways, though the university hopes to eventually renovate the 48-year-old building as well, transforming it into research labs, classrooms and extra space. Site work will begin later this month with an estimated completion date of May 20, 2020.
“The Interdisciplinary Science Center will be a state-of-the-art facility,” said Cullinan. “It will enable our STEM college to increase the capacity of our professional regional workforce in key areas. All of our students are going to go through this building and this building is key for Eastern’s vision as we create tomorrow’s professional workforce.”