Catalyst Rising: Cross-laminated timber structure takes shape in U-District

The Spokesman-Review

Nicholas Deshais

First came the bridge, then came the big wooden building.

Work on the Catalyst campus at the south landing of the University District Gateway Bridge has moved quickly, and the two buildings under construction are on pace to be complete early next year.

Site preparation for the campus began late last year, and construction on the $60 million, five-story, 159,000-square-foot Catalyst Building became a sight to behold at the end of July, when panels of cross-laminated timbers arrived. Since then, the growing structure has looked a bit odd. The dark steel beams that usually support a building have been replaced by bright, blond wooden beams.

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