Construction on Spokane’s first net-zero-energy building, featuring Eastern Washington University as the primary tenant, is set to begin and those involved in the partnership will gather at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8, to break ground on the facility.
Avista Development’s planned Catalyst Building will be a 159,000 square-foot innovation hub that will serve as the south landing for pedestrians using the University District Gateway Bridge. As the main tenant, EWU will be able to connect students to the regional business community.
The groundbreaking for this mass timber building will include Avista, Eastern Washington University, McKinstry and Katerra, which will serve as the project design builder.
The event will run 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and in addition to learning about the vision for the Catalyst guests will have access to local food trucks.
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As the main tenant, EWU will be moving three programs from its College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CSTEM) to the Catalyst – its Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Visual Communication Design (VCD) programs.
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 longtime McKinstry executives to develop the project. The 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.
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.
Katerra, who will also be a tenant in the building, will manufacture the CLT in its new Spokane factory and will serve as the design builder for the project. McKinstry, whose offices are in Spokane’s University District, will be the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and data contractor.
Designed to be net zero ready, the building will generate the energy it uses through solar panels on the roof and additional renewable energy technologies. The Catalyst Building will be connected to an eco-district that will be powered by a centrally located plant shared by Catalyst and future developments. The plant will allow buildings to share energy resources to more efficiently generate and use energy, and to store excess energy created by the buildings for later use.
For more information on the Catalyst project, visit catalystspokane.fusioninprogress.com.