The University of Washington School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Health (UW-GU Health) Partnership has inaugurated a new medical school and health education building.

Located at 840 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., in Spokane’s University District, the new 90,000ft2 building will accommodate the UW School of Medicine (UWSOM) Spokane and its 120 first- and second-year students.

It will also house Gonzaga’s (GU’s) Department of Human Physiology, along with over 500 GU undergraduates in nursing and health sciences, and faculty and staff.

Developed by Emerald Initiative, the new four-storey building includes high-tech research laboratories, an advanced anatomy suite, modern classrooms, as well as integrated administrative offices.

It will also feature multiple areas from an outdoor rooftop deck to small quiet places for combined or independent study.

Additionally, the building will help to advance healthcare research and products which will provide better access to affordable, quality care to rural communities.

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Gonzaga University president Thayne McCulloh said: “Built upon our deep roots in the Spokane region, this new facility represents one fulfillment of our shared promise to work together to attract, grow and keep the next generations of health-care professionals.

“Expanding our collaboration to include a vital partner – McKinstry’s Emerald Initiative – has resulted in an exceptional new home this collective work to continue.”

CollinsWoerman, Bouten Construction and McKinstry have worked together to design and construct advanced systems that can easily integrate environmental sustainability into the new building’s structure and style.

University of Washington president Ana Mari Cauce said: “This new building further strengthens the UW’s commitment to Spokane and our Health Partnership with Gonzaga, and as a nexus for students, faculty, members of the region’s health care and health sciences professions, we are stronger together.

“Yet the impact will go far beyond its walls as future generations of doctors and healthcare professionals provide excellent care to patients across eastern Washington and beyond.”