WSU Spokane adds building to grow health sciences at Riverpoint
For several months, a red crane towered over a large hole on the Riverpoint Campus as crews prepared for construction of WSU's new Biomedical and Health Sciences Building. Then, one day, vertical steel girders began appearing. Soon after workers laid corrugated metal sheeting for the floors and poured in concrete over that.
The rapid pace of construction is a reminder of how quickly the Riverpoint Campus is developing. The public can monitor the progress on the new building by watching a construction Web cam.
The less visible developments related to the building are moving along. The two entities that will occupy it hope to start moving in during the winter of 2013-14.
For the College of Pharmacy, that means solving the logistical challenges involved in moving the remainder of its students, faculty, and research laboratories from Pullman to Spokane. Meanwhile, the WWAMI medical education program is not only figuring out where to teach a new class of 20 second-year medical students, it's also creating a new pilot curriculum to emphasize more small group and active learning.
When the new building formally opens for classes in the spring of 2014, it will greatly increase the campus's laboratory research capacity. Given the growth on campus, there may be an immediate demand for much or all of that space. Administrators are already looking ahead to the next phases of construction, which will create two additions to the Biomedical and Health Sciences Building.