The WSU Board of Regents unveiled the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building, which features open and cost saving architecture.
The building is designed to have sustainable features while reducing utility costs. In addition, it's dedicated to neuroscience and physiological research.
Construction on the building began in the summer of 2010 and finished in early 2013. Design, construction and outfitting the building cost at total of $96 million.
WSU President Elson S. Floyd said any state-of-the-art building takes commitment.
“We will do everything we can to be involved in new discoveries to improve the quality of life,” Floyd said.
The building totals 118,000 square feet with over 40,000 square feet being dedicated for lab space.
Steve Simasko, director of the Neuroscience Program and chair of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience at WSU, expects the building to be at the university for a lifetime, he said.
“The simplicity of the design makes it easy to use the utilities and gut out entire floors if it needs to be reconfigured,” Simasko said.
The building has a closer lab and office layout with additional offices for graduate students and wide corridors to allow for a more open lab space, Simasko said.
“It is a common space to interact with each other,” Simasko said.
The complex will host faculty from the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Physiology and Neuroscience and will have 250 researchers of all academic levels.
Floor to ceiling windows encourage natural light to shine into labs and offices.
Bryan Slinker, dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, said the building will advance the education of WSU students and foster initiative breakthrough research.
“This has been a longstanding dream of ours and it is a joyous day for me,” Slinker said.
The building also includes a vivarium, which can hold up to 11,000 mice and 3,000 rats in temperature, humidity and light controlled rooms.
Faculty from the psychology, bioengineering, and animal sciences departments will occupy the building, along with 32 research teams.