2020 construction projects will add research, academic space | WSU Insider

From expanding research capabilities in Pullman to adding new classrooms in the Tri-Cities, WSU is undertaking major construction projects this year across the system.

The largest of these projects is the $66 million Plant Sciences Building in Pullman, where officials broke ground in 2018. In an effort to save money in the long run, members of the WSU Board of Regents voted in October to complete work on the building’s top two floors. A previous plan called for leaving those floors as shells and to have crews return at a later time to finish them.

“We think now is the right time to finish this project while crews are on site rather than bringing them back and incurring additional expenses,” Stacy Pearson, vice president for finance and administration,” said at the time.

WSU plans to spend $7.5 million to finish those top two floors by October, giving the Pullman campus much needed office and research space.

The most significant project happening outside of Pullman is the forthcoming Academic Building at WSU Tri Cities. Officials broke ground on the 40,000…

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