Interdisciplinary Science Building

architect's rendering of the Interdisciplinary Science Building northeast view

The Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB) will add essential teaching labs and active learning classrooms to meet the growing need for degree programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. The building will feature teaching labs for Biology and Chemistry, and flex lab spaces, along with three active learning classrooms. Flexible spaces will allow for shared use and greater interaction and collaboration among STEM and non-STEM disciplines, support the Washington state goal of increasing STEM graduates,  increase opportunities across the STEM fields, and reduce barriers to fulfilling completion requirements.

The ISB will be located south of the Biology building and provide a sky bridge connection to Biology. Construction of the approximately 55,000 square-foot building is currently underway, scheduled for completion in January 2022. 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.

The building is designed to serve as a campus gateway, following campus geometries and shifting dramatically in plan from the lower to upper levels. Shifts in form relate to the tiered levels of the campus and create unique experiences at each level of the building, allowing the structure to harmonize with the plaza and surrounding natural landscape. Natural daylight will enhance the learning environment and be regulated on the southern façade with horizontal shading to provide comfort and energy efficiency while allowing great views out to the campus.

Site development required the removal of 48 trees, which will be replaced by 56 new trees when landscape work is completed. The types and species of replacement trees will include Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Shore Pine, Vine Maple, Autumn Blazing Maple, and Garry Oak to provide a diverse range of habitat as well as a seasonal aesthetic.

The removed trees will be reused in a variety of ways. Branches and foliage will be chipped and utilized for mulch on campus, and trunks of select trees will be used to create custom benches for the project. Rootwads and lower trunk sections will be used for wetland, creek, marsh, and estuarine species habitat creation, salmon habitat restoration, and bank stabilization in local and regional projects. 

The project is pursuing a LEED Gold rating by targeting sustainable approaches such as optimizing energy and water usage; reusing materials; reducing light pollution with dark night and low footcandle lighting; encouraging alternative transportation with electric vehicle charging stations and access to public transportation; and diverting 85% of construction waste from landfills. The University has contracted Perkins & Will of Seattle and BN Builders of Seattle to design and construct the building.


Excavator dumping soil

Start Construction: May 2020

Complete Construction: January 2022

Contact Information

Mark Nicasio, Project Manager, (360) 650-6296

Paul Cocke, Director, Communications and University Relations, (360) 650-3350