PULLMAN, Wash. – A groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of WSU’s fourth life sciences research building — the V. Lane Rawlins Research and Education Complex — is slated for 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 27.

The complex, to be located between the current Biotechnology/Life Sciences Building and the Food Science and Human Nutrition Building, will promote collaborative and interdisciplinary life sciences research in agricultural research.

Construction of new Plant Sciences Building is estimated to cost $52 million, with funding was approved by the Legislature in January.

This ceremony will honor the long-standing research relationship with the state’s agricultural sector and demonstrate WSU’s commitment to working side-by-side with producers to maintain the state of Washington’s leadership role in providing innovative agricultural products both at home and across the globe.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to join WSU President Kirk Schulz; College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Dean André Wright; and university leadership in this event. Welcome and remarks will begin at 10 a.m., with the groundbreaking to follow at 10:30 a.m.

Parking will be available in the Beasley Coliseum lot from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Register to attend by visiting the University Events website.

For information, contact University Events, 877-978-3868, wsuevent@wsu.edu.



  • Seth Truscott, Public Relations/Communications Coordinator, WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, 509-335-8164, struscott@wsu.edu