Catalyst Building Student Information

Welcome, Students!

The Catalyst building is now open for use.

The new Catalyst building brings an exciting opportunity for EWU, creating a dynamic, interactive environment where students and faculty can partner with local business and industry experts for community-based learning.

Find Us

601 E Riverside Ave
Spokane, WA 99202

Frequently Asked Questions

EWU is moving programs to the Catalyst building because it creates unique opportunities for students to work with local companies in a real-world format.

As EWU looks to the future, the Catalyst building provides an opportunity for EWU to part of Spokane’s innovation hub, enhancing the student experience by connecting to industry and continuing our focus on positively impacting the region.

EWU will continue its collaboration with WSU health programs.

Beginning fall 2020:

  • Business Programs
  • Computer Science
  • Design
  • Electrical Engineering

Additional programs moving winter 2021:

  • Addiction Studies
  • Business Programs
  • Creative Writing
  • Health Services Administration
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Tentatively, EWU will offer classes Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

General classroom space will be unlocked while classes are in session.

There will be a café located on-site with grab-and-go options (hours and offerings TBD).

The Fresh Plate is a short walk over the bridge on the WSU Health Sciences campus and an expanse of downtown eateries are minutes away.

Other amenities offered at the Catalyst building are yet to be determined.

On-campus housing is not available at the Catalyst location. Students taking classes at the Catalyst may choose to live in Spokane or one of the many surrounding communities, including Cheney. Although EWU does not endorse specific off-campus housing vendors, students can utilize EWU’s off-campus housing portal to help aid in their search.

Student Support Services for fall 2020 can be accessed at the EWU Center across the pedestrian bridge on the WSU Spokane campus. Those services will relocate to Catalyst in January 2021. Services include:

  • Academic advising and coaching
  • Career Services
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Disability Support Services (coordinated via their offices in Cheney)
  • Eagle Card Services
  • Laptop check-out
  • PLUS Groups
  • Records and Registration
  • Spokane Student Services – Dean of Students’ Office
  • Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership (SAIL)
  • Student Financial Services and basic financial aid guidance
  • Writers’ Center

Street parking is readily available in the immediate area. The City of Spokane is reviewing the parking needs in the South University District. Currently, street parking around the Catalyst building is managed by the city and is free.

There are currently two bus stops near the Catalyst building:

  • Sprague Ave. (south of Catalyst) provides access to STA Routes 90 and 12.
  • University Gateway Bridge (north of Catalyst) provides access to STA Routes 26, 28 and 29.

As always, students can ride STA buses for free with their Eagle cards.

STA Bus Schedules

While there will not be an open student computer lab, Catalyst will have laptop check-out options available. There will be classrooms equipped with computers for specific courses (similar to PAT 240 on the Cheney campus). There will also be printers available for students to use.

Classrooms in the Catalyst building are fully-equipped with audio/video options.

Yes. There is a designated lactation/nursing space on the ground floor of Catalyst.

The Catalyst building is fully ADA-accessible and contains elevators.

Students requesting accommodation must register with Disability Support Services who will work with faculty and Spokane Student Services to coordinate their needs.

Yes. EWU students will continue to use the Academic Library located on the WSU Health Sciences campus. EWU students can use their EagleCards to check out materials the same way they would at the JFK Library in Cheney.

Yes. EWU students will be able to access the Spokane Fitness Center located on the WSU Health Sciences campus. In addition, students will continue to have access to the URC in Cheney.

While reserving a study space is still TBD, registered EWU student organizations will be able to request spaces through the current process on EagleSync.

Have more questions?

If you have additional questions or other comments, please contact Carlos Hernandez at catalyst@ewu.edu.