PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking on Friday, Sept. 22 for Schweitzer Engineering Hall, a state-of-the-art educational building on the Pullman campus, made possible by the generous support from private and public investments in the future of engineering and design education.
The event will launch the modernization of facilities at WSU’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture to meet student needs in learning, research, and support.
The groundbreaking ceremony and celebration are scheduled from 2–3 p.m. at the Green 3 Parking Lot at the corner of NE College Avenue and SE Spokane Street on the WSU Pullman campus.
The new student success building represents the first step in revamping Voiland College’s engineering and design district. When completed, the facility will house innovative and multi-purpose classrooms and student collaboration and club activity zones. It will also provide space for first-year student engagement studios, senior capstone project design spaces, and centers for academic advising, tutoring, and career counseling to support the Voiland College’s approximately 4,600 students.
Nearly $80 million has been raised for this project so far, including $40 million from the Washington state legislature and donations and sponsorships from more than 70 individuals and corporations. These include leadership gifts from Edmund and Beatriz Schweitzer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, The Boeing Company, Jim and Diane Coughlin, Gene and Linda Voiland, the Dimond Family Foundation, Jack and Karen Bowers, and David and Sara Ensor.
Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members are invited to join WSU President Kirk Schulz in celebrating this occasion. Although the Green 3 parking lot will be closed to the public for the event, parking will be available at adjacent lots. Maps of campus are available on the WSU Transportation Services website.
To learn more about Schweitzer Engineering Hall, please visit the Facilities Modernization page on the Voiland College website.