Today Gonzaga University announced that it would be creating a “$60 million ‘Leap Forward’,” as reported by the Gonzaga News Service. This money is going towards a center for medical education, health sciences and innovation.

This building will be used to advance and evolve the Regional Health Partnership between GU and the University of Washington.

Located at 840 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. this building will be 80,000 square-feet and will be designed by McKinstry, a national leader in designing, constructing, operating and maintaining high-performance buildings.

The building is estimated to cost $60 million and will be privately funded.

“The privately funded project leverages and expands the public-private partnership to reduce risk, expedite completion and save taxpayers money,” the News Service said.

The building will include state-of-the-art classrooms, anatomy labs, research and innovation centers, offices and study spaces. It will also leave room to expand with new education programs.

Thayne McCulloh, president of GU told the News Service that a building for the partnership between GU and UW has been in the plan since the beginning of this partnership in 2016. He said that the hope is to “[prepare] the next generation of health care professionals here in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.”

“Construction is expected to be complete by August 2022 at the site adjacent to McKinstry’s historic and award-winning Spokane Inland Empire Railroad building and Gonzaga’s Trent Avenue parking facility,” according to the News Service.

Riley Utley is a news editor.

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