Glulam Achieves Goals of Sustainable Design at the Catalyst Building

Spokane, Washington

The new Catalyst building aims to be one of the largest zero-carbon, zero-energy buildings in North America, as certified by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). Environmentally-friendly Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) was selected for the first sustainably-constructed office building of its kind in Washington State.

The Catalyst Building in South Landing is an extension to Spokane's University District, the innovation sector in Spokane, and a symbol of Spokane's continued emergence as a thriving urban economy. Catalyst was designed with innovation in mind, including using innovative materials, construction techniques, and a shared energy model known as the "Eco-District". The Eco-District uses a centralized plant to provide energy to multiple buildings.

Eastern Washington University is moving their Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Design programs, along with the College of Business and several College of Health Science and Public Health to their new home at Catalyst Fall 2020. Additional programs will call the new facility home in the near future. South Landing is a place where business and academia come together to spark innovation. The building was constructed using an all-wood structural system, with Spruce Pine Glulam beams & columns, CLT shear wall panels, and glulam/CLT composite floor and roof panels. All mass timber products were made with the Spruce Pine speces, as it helped create a light and clean interior environment for building occupants.

Architect: Michael Green Architecture

Professional Photography Credit: Ben Benschneider

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