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