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New Science Building Funded

Published: January 19, 2018

CHENEY, Washington - Eastern Washington University will now begin the process of building the long-awaited Interdisciplinary Science Center (ISC) after the state Legislature approved the 2017-19 capital budget.

The budget includes the full amount of $67 million that Eastern had requested for the ISC.  

Governor Inslee signed the $4.2 billion capital budget package Friday, which also includes $11.7 million for other EWU campus projects.  

"As you know, a new science building has been at the top of our capital project list," said EWU President Mary Cullinan. "In addition to providing challenges with space for research and teaching, our 47-year-old science facility is no longer adequate for our students, faculty and staff."  

This allocation from the capital budget, which is designed specifically for infrastructure investments statewide, means that EWU can immediately begin putting the ISC project out for bid. Construction could start by fall 2018 and would take 24-28 months.

The project calls for a state-of-the-art science building that will meet the modern day needs of growing STEM programs such as biology, chemistry/biochemistry, geology and physics. The new facility will be connected by enclosed walkways to the existing science building, which the university hopes to renovate eventually for research labs, classrooms and extra space.

"I'm extremely grateful to lawmakers for this much needed appropriation," added Cullinan. "And I also appreciate the hard work of key stakeholders on campus and in our local communities who have worked hard on this proposal."

Eastern will share more details regarding the ISC bid and construction timeline as they become available.    

Renderings of Interdisciplinary Science Center

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