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Growing a health sciences campus

We're growing an entrepreneurial health sciences campus founded on elements that are essential for success:

  • Spokane's top-notch medical community
  • WSU's strength as a major research and land-grant university and our long history of teaching the health professions
  • The opportunity to bring together complementary strengths of multiple higher education institutions
  • A focus on leveraging applied research for a measurable impact on the health of individuals and communities
  • The opportunity to build a campus with multidisciplinary programs to have an innovative culture in a prime urban location that serves a large rural region.

Once the domain of Northern Pacific trains, the Spokane campus is developing into a center of teaching and research excellence in the health sciences. Click "Play" on the picture at right for a slideshow detailing the development of the campus, past, present, and future.

Read the 2010 proclamation by the WSU Board of Regents (PDF) designating WSU Spokane as Washington State University's Health Science Campus.


Campus Master Plan

WSU Spokane Master Plan Update

2009 Master Plan

The campus master plan was last updated in 2009 to help address changes and opportunities on campus and around us.

Our future as a biomedical/health sciences campus includes working in partnership with the region's health care community and private and public partnerships in the expansion of a four-year medical school.

Recent changes on campus include construction of the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building and the consolidation of the WSU College of Pharmacy in Spokane, both of which were completed in 2013.

Changes around us

Growth of retail, mixed-use, and housing development along West Main Avenue and on East Sprague Avenue, expansion of the Convention Center on the west edge of the University District, and the extension of Riverside Avenue/Martin Luther King Jr. Way along the south side of campus, enable major arterial traffic to bypass the center of campus.

Campus design principles


We envision a metropolitan campus that sets the standard for urban revitalization through higher education community partnerships and targeted investment:

  • Home for selected, globally competitive professional programs—primary emphasis on health science, design and environment, education, and business and entrepreneurship
  • Creates knowledge anchor for the Inland Northwest, the community and University Districtattracting talent, public and private investment, and other resources
  • Competitive infrastructure connecting people, classrooms, labs, and information services to the world
  • Fully integrated with neighborhoods and Spokane metro center
  • Designed for full range of multi-modal transportation choices

WSU is committed to a thoughtful and participatory development process that results in an enhanced campus and community life.

The process followed and decisions made will reflect careful stewardship of the public trust, fiscal prudence and appropriate financial return, and best practices in land development, resulting in a high-quality, exciting development project that enhances campus and downtown living.

Long-range planning

Maintain a flexible development policy that stimulates emergence of a globally competitive campus focused on research and the application of new discoveries.

Campus development will:

  • Be urban scale—integrated with, complementing, and expanding a vibrant Downtown Spokane and the surrounding neighborhoods, connected by streets and walkways that encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic and reduce reliance on automobiles and surface parking lots, and utilizing environmentally sustainable design principles.
  • Emphasize a mix of complementary public and private projects, including some university–community partnerships.
  • Establish a strong, integrated campus infrastructure—IT and physical utilities.
  • Emphasize partnerships and reciprocity with the private, public, and non-profit sectors, to enhance core academic activities.

WSU and higher education partners will focus state-funded investment to develop instruction, research and outreach programs, and facilities, and will seek partners to develop complementary services for students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders.

  • Near-term growth of campus academic facilities will concentrate primarily north of Spokane Falls Blvd.
  • Since the 30 campus acres south of Spokane Falls Blvd. will generally not be needed for near-term academic program growth, WSU will pursue market-driven, mixed-use, environmentally sustainable private and/or partnered development of these properties for complementary campus services.
  • WSU will consider whether some small-scale applications of this mixed-use development may be appropriate for the north side of campus.
  • Design elements and treatment of traffic flow will provide convenient and safe links between north and south campus development.
  • A sustainability focus will emphasize systematic solutions to build an expanding, healthy, economically strong, secure, aesthetically pleasing, and thriving campus.
  • Complementary campus support uses include:
    • Affordable housing for students and young professionals
    • State-of-the-art technology and research infrastructure
    • Clinical health, wellness, and recreation
    • Distinctive shopping and dining
    • Arts and entertainment
    • Collateral business, retail, and services—office and laboratory above street level

Master plan documents

Comments or questions regarding the master plan and the planning process can be sent to spokanemasterplan@wsu.edu.


Active Projects:

University District and Downtown Community Projects

University District Health Clinic: Design approved; construction begins in early 2015

Division Street Gateway: Under way

East Sprague Redevelopment Plan: Implementation plan under way

Martin Luther King, Jr. Way (Riverside Extension): Phase One construction has been completed

University District Bike/Pedestrian Bridge: Construction plans under way

Development Partnerships

WSU is investigating options for property development that support the vision of the campus and goals identified in the master plan update completed in 2009.

WSU will identify other priorities that complement neighboring business and property owners and campus operations, and will strategize with local leaders concerning approaches that will move private development forward in partnership with the campus.



General Information
Rusty Pritchard
Phone: 509-358-7625

Teresa Kruger
Phone: 509-368-6999

Terren Roloff
Office: 509-358-7527
Cell: 509-720-6245