The Spokesman Review, by Nicholas Deshais, Thursday, August 9, 2018
The official groundbreaking ceremony for Avista’s five-story, 150,000-square-foot Catalyst Buildingtook place Wednesday morning, with declarations that the project will be the “envy of the nation” and the “smartest building ever built.”
The East Sprague Avenue building will house three degree programs and around 1,000 Eastern Washington University students; it is expected to be completed in April 2020. The building is envisioned to be part of a 770-acre University District and a bioscience hub that connects to the hospital district on the lower South Hill.
The project, developed jointly by Avista and McKinstry, is touted as “the first net-zero energy and zero carbon building in Eastern Washington” and will have the latest energy and environmental innovations.