On July 23, 2018, Eastern Washington University (EWU) was able to cross off an item on their “bucket list” with the groundbreaking for the new Interdisciplinary Science Center. EWU selected Lydig Construction Inc. to complete the construction of the state-of-the-art, 100,000 square foot building. The science center will be a new four-story teaching laboratory building that will enable the STEM college to increase capacity today for tomorrow’s professional workforce.
The new building replaced the 47 year old science building, and will house students and teachers from the biology, chemistry, physics, geology, engineering, and mathematics programs. Designed by Seattle-based LMN Architects, the building is situated on a steep slope, requiring extensive site work and site walls. The modern design features a variety of unique angles and plenty of daylighting.
Construction is currently in progress and includes cast-in-place concrete footings, column pads, shear walls, columns, retaining walls, stem walls, and slab-on-grade. Levels 1, 2, and 3 along with the Penthouse are post-tensioned slab and beam construction. The penthouse roof and pedestrian bridges will be created from structural steel. Cold-formed metal studs comprise interior and exterior framing with exterior brick veneer and glass curtain walls.