Washington State University (WSU), Eastern Washington University and University of Washington have partnered at WSU’s Spokane campus to establish the state’s second academic health sciences center. Their vision of providing an integrated learning experience promises to broaden the state's economic base and generate graduates that will serve the region’s needs for generations to come.
For the project, NBBJ developed a phased, strategic development plan and program serving long-term interdisciplinary program development for the new campus, guiding it through each step as it increases its medical, dental, and allied health science professional education enrollment in the Inland Empire. NBBJ also led the multi-institutional programming, pre-design, and design effort for the first phase, the Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences Building. This interdisciplinary teaching and research facility brings the fields of medicine, pharmaceuticals, dentistry, nursing and allied health sciences together under one roof. Sited at the edge of a busy public street, the building represents the programs and the universities to the local community.
As designed, the project is expected to be more than 48% more efficient than existing buildings, and will exceed Washington energy codes by 31%, saving the client 20% of their energy bill every year, or $135,000.