Washington State University
Completed in 2006 (with NAC Architecture as Associate Architect)
The Spokane Academic Center is a signature building for this Washington State University campus designed to cultivate interaction, creativity and collaboration between faculty, staff, students, alumni and the Spokane community. The five-story building includes the campus library, classrooms, administrative offices, academic offices for various university programs, a technology-enhanced cafe and computer labs.
The first three floors of the Academic Center contain the more public program elements, with the fourth and fifth floors housing administration and academic program offices. The campus library, located on the second and third floors, is primarily set within a “drum” form along the north side of the building, providing grand views of the Spokane River. Transparency and connection to the surrounding campus are achieved by a three story space with a connecting stair located at the south building entry. The Academic Center is the focus of the new campus development and the first step in implementation of the Riverpoint Campus Plan.