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EWU to Anchor Phase 1

Published: June 02, 2014

CHENEY, Wash. - The ever-changing landscape in the University District continues to evolve as Eastern Washington University will now have its own anchor building at the downtown campus when WSU Spokane transfers the Phase 1 Classroom Building over to EWU Spokane.

University leaders from both campuses joined state lawmakers, EWU Spokane students and staff on Monday, June 2, inside the Phase 1 buildiing to celebrate the transition and formally recognize the joint agreement.

EWU Spokane Phase 1 Celebration, June 2, 2014

Dedicated in 1996, Phase 1 already houses Eastern's College of Business & Public Administration. Starting this fall, it will also be home to EWU's new College of Health Science & Public Health.

"Having our own building in the University District is important to our continued growth in graduate programs on the campus," said EWU President Rodolfo Arévalo. "This will also bolster our many academic and community partnerships in the region - including the one with WSU Spokane which made this move possible."

"This transition will allow Eastern to have a clear physical identity on the campus and give them the opportunity to renovate the building to suit their needs and priorities," said WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown. "I'm pleased that Dr. Arévalo and I were able to achieve this for the campus."

Both leaders noted that while this allows EWU Spokane to centralize their downtown programs, classes and events for WSU will still be scheduled within Phase 1 and EWU will continue to have a presence in other campus facilities, such as the health sciences building.

The arrangement was finalized following recent state legislation regarding two other buildings on campus, including the old Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute (SIRTI) Building at 665 North Riverpoint Boulevard - now known as the Innovate Washington Building, part of a state economic organization that is no longer funded. That building will now be occupied by WSU Spokane, freeing up space for EWU Spokane to fully utilize Phase 1.

The Phase 1 Classroom building is 119,600 square feet and contains a 205 seat auditorium, classrooms, faculty and staff office space and a computer lab. As in the past, maintenance and operation of the building will be handled by WSU Spokane.


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