PW733 Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB)

The new Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB) will add urgently needed lab and classroom space to meet the rapidly growing demand for degree programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. The building will feature two dedicated teaching labs for Biology, three dedicated teaching labs for Chemistry, and five flex lab spaces to adapt to the needs of other programs and research, along with six active learning classrooms. The building is designed for flexibility, shared use, and encouraging collaborative activities. The new facility will allow Western to expand access to STEM courses, reducing time to graduation and increasing opportunities across the STEM fields.

The ISB will be located south of the Biology building and provide a sky bridge connection to Biology. Construction of the approximately 50,000 square-foot building is slated to begin February 2020 and be completed by fall 2021. The total budget for the project, including design, construction, furniture, and equipment, is anticipated to be approximately $66.5 million, with the funding coming from Washington state appropriations. Site improvements will include pedestrian pathways, integrated landscape, lighting and hardscape around the building.

The University has contracted Perkins + Will of Seattle and BN Builders of Seattle to design and construct the new building, and the project is targeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating.


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Western Washington University has issued a Determination of Non-Significance related to the Interdisciplinary Science Building Project. The determination was issued after thorough review of the environmental checklists required by state statute. The following determination was made on October 3, 2019 and the review period is open until October 17, 2019.



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