Interdisciplinary Science Building will be open for classes this month

The new building will house teaching labs for biology, chemistry, environmental science and the Marine and Coastal Sciences Program
Lisa Brennan

Western’s newest academic building, the Interdisciplinary Science Building, is making good progress toward its expected opening for the start of classes in spring quarter.

The Interdisciplinary Science Building, located just south of the Biology Building, will feature teaching labs for the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and the Marine and Coastal Science Program, along with flex lab spaces and active learning classrooms.

Once classes start at the end of March, construction will continue in two labs until summer 2022.

Outside the building, landscaping is complete, and new trees include Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Shore Pine, Autumn Blazing Maple, and Garry Oak to provide a diverse range of habitat as well as a seasonal aesthetic. The parking lot will provide charging stations for electric vehicles.

The new building will support Washington’s state goal of increasing STEM graduates, increase opportunities across the STEM fields, and reduce barriers to fulfilling graduation requirements.

Lisa Brennan is Communications & Marketing Coordinator for Western's Capital Planning and Development