Katerra and Michael Green Architecture complete the Catalyst Building in Spokane, Washington

By Jason Balderrama Morley, Architect’s Newspaper


The Catalyst Building, a new mass timber educational structure by MGA | Michael Green Architecture and built by Katerra, opened last week in Spokane, Washington. The five-story, 159,000-square-foot building incorporates about 140,000 cubic feet of locally sourced mass timber Katerra products and is expected to meet Net Zero and Zero Carbon standards. MGA said in a statement that it would be “one of the most sustainable buildings in North America.”

The Catalyst Building is part of the South Landing “eco-district” initiated by energy company Avista’s chairman, Scott Morris. Morris’s idea was “to create the five smartest blocks in the world,” according to a press release. The development is now backed by various partners, including Avista, Katerra, MGA, construction engineering company McKinstry, and Eastern Washington University (EWU).

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