PULLMAN, Wash. — Reviewing the Legislature’s proposed capital state budget on Tuesday, Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd expressed his appreciation for the investment that state lawmakers were proposing to make in the university.
 
The proposed capital budget includes $35 million to begin construction of Phase I of the Biomedical/Health Sciences Building complex at WSU Spokane, which “means that our university will be able to continue to expand its leadership role in these areas,” Floyd said in a prepared statement.
 
If approved, the funding would allow the university to begin the construction project.
 
“We will continue to work with the Legislature to procure the funding to finish the job,” Floyd said. “We know our partners in Spokane will continue to be there with us.
 
“The Spokane community’s efforts around this initiative have been vital to its success to date. Our colleagues at Greater Spokane Incorporated, the City of Spokane, Avista, the University of Washington, Eastern Washington University, and the many, many businesses and organizations want to see us build a health sciences center at the Riverpoint campus and have all played a decisive role.
 
“While important, this is just one of many steps along the way to realizing our full vision for the Academic Health Science Center at Riverpoint and to delivering the $2.1 billion annual economic impact projected at full maturity. We look forward to continuing this collaborative effort.”