Academic Building

A space for learning, innovation, and growth

The new 40,000-square-foot Academic Building will house a suite of teaching laboratories, classrooms, collaborative meeting spaces for students and faculty, study spaces, as well as a grand staircase that will feature open seating for lectures and presentations. The building is being funded by the Washington state Legislature.

The building design is the result of feedback received as part of a variety of open forum sessions with students, faculty and staff about what they wanted to see in the space, as well as how the facilities could best be utilized for learning.

The new Academic Building is expected to open in fall 2021.

The teaching laboratories in the new facility will include:

  • A physics laboratory
  • Two biology laboratories
  • A chemistry laboratory
  • An Anatomy/physiology laboratory
  • A geology laboratory
  • A multidisciplinary laboratory
  • An engineering classroom

Collaborative spaces include:

  • An active learning room
  • A team-based classroom
  • Office spaces
  • Three small-sized solution rooms
  • Two medium-sized solution rooms


View photos from the Academic Building Groundbreaking that took place on March 12, 2020.

Academic building groundbreaking - WSU Tri-Cities - March 2020

Construction Begins

Below is a live image taken every 10 minutes showing the current progress of the Academic Building.

Please reference the below image for the truck route in which construction crews will utilize. When using these roads please be aware delays may occur.

The image below is the projected timeline for the construction of the new Academic Building.

Below are links to 360° panoramic renderings of the new Academic Confluence Building. When the image loads you may click and drag to look around the room in 360°.

Second Floor

First Floor

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