The 150,000 sqft Catalyst Building will be the first office building in the state constructed out of environmentally friendly cross-laminated timber (CLT), and will be connected to an energy resource sharing eco-district planned for the development.
Eastern Washington University (EWU) will be the building’s primary tenant, moving their Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Visual Communication Design programs from its Cheney campus to the new Spokane location.
The building is intended to demonstrate the possibilities of the integration of economic vitality, regional sustainability and energy efficiency by leveraging the legacy industries of the region (such as timber) and the innovation happening in the construction and education sectors. The use of CLT means the building will have a smaller carbon footprint than that of comparable buildings built with steel and concrete.
Katerra will manufacture the CLT in its new Spokane factory and will serve as the design builder for the project with Michael Green Architecture of Vancouver, British Columbia as the design architect. McKinstry, whose offices are in Spokane’s University District, will be the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and data contractor.