campus maps & directions

Directions from Interstate 182

Take Exit 5-B onto George Washington Way in Richland. Travel north about 5 miles. Turn right on Sprout Road, just past Hanford High School. Turn left on Crimson Way (formerly University Drive) to enter the campus.

Public Transportation

Ben Franklin Transit — Route 26:
East Building

East Building

What’s in here
  • Bookie
  • Student Accounts
  • Upper Administration Offices
  • Business Offices
  • Payroll Services
  • FEQL
  • Science labs
  • TRiO
  • East Auditorium
  • Opened: 1968
  • The East building is the first and oldest building on the WSU Tri-Cities campus. The Tri-Cities campus began as the Joint Center for Graduate Study in July 1958 as a collaborative effort among WSU, the University of Washington and Oregon State University. In 1967, the Richland School District donated 84 acres to provide a permanent home for the facility. Construction began on the East Building in July 1967. The building was finished in one year, and in the fall of 1968, the first classes were taught by 79 adjunct faculty members to 380 students.
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West Building

West Building

What’s in here
  • Admissions
  • Student Services
  • Academic Affairs
  • Campus Registrar
  • Copy & Mail Center
  • Engineering Lab
  • Computer Science Lab
  • Mac Computer Lab
  • Student government offices
  • Student lounge
  • Career Development Center
  • Opened: 1991
  • Cost: $12.7 million
  • The West building is connected to the East building by two corridors, one each on the first and second floors. It houses many of the student service facilities. Its architectural highlight is the atrium, a large windowed room overlooked by the second-floor balcony that faces the east lawn and Columbia River. In the atrium are flags that represent the nationalities of our international students and strings of 1,000 cranes, called senbadzuru, folded by students on our campus. Press meetings, academic symposiums, art receptions and performances often are hosted in this location.
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Consolidated Information Center (CIC)

Consolidated Information Center (CIC)

What’s in here
  • Opened: June 1997
  • Area: 70,000 sq. ft.
  • Funding: State of Washington and the U.S. Department of Energy
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Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL)

Bioproducts, Sciences & Engineering Laboratory (BSEL)

What’s in here
  • Biorefinery and the Combinatorial Catalysis Research Lab
  • PNNL offices
  • Science labs
  • Classrooms
  • Opened: May 2008
  • 57,000 square feet
  • $24 million research and teaching laboratory features a number of construction features which contribute to making the building more energy efficient, including improved wall construction, roofing, high efficiency boilers, day lighting, and window shading on the west- and south-facing walls.
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Innovation Center Building (ICB)

Innovation Center (ICB)

What’s in here
  • Science labs and classrooms
  • GEAR UP/Early Outreach offices
  • Dr. Cooper’ fish research lab
  • Opened: 2012
  • LEED certified
  • Owned by the Tri-Cities Research District
Nursing Building

Nursing Building

What’s in here
  • Nursing labs
  • Simulation labs and control rooms
  • Nursing offices
  • Nursing classrooms
  • Opened: 2014
  • 10,000 square feet
  • Leased through partnership with Kadlec Regional Medical Center
  • Located off-campus near downtown Richland
Campus Annex


What’s in here
  • Grounds crew and custodial offices
  • MESA
  • Northwest Public Radio
  • WSU Extension offices
Columbia Center Rotary Charity Stage

Columbia Center Rotary Charity Stage

  • Built: 2012
  • Contractor: Winkler Construction, Spokane
  • Consultant/Architect: ALSC, Spokane
  • Stage floor area: approximately 40′⨉30′, or about 1,200 square feet
  • Overall height: approximately 14 feet
  • Usage: The stage is suitable for informal performances and for certain special events, including the WSU Tri-Cities commencement ceremony.