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Gonzaga University Names New Integrated Science and Engineering Facility

Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., announced this week that it has named its new Integrated Science and Engineering facility: The John and Joan Bollier Family Center for Integrated Science and Engineering is scheduled to open this fall. The Bollier family, from Newberg, Ore., provided a significant donation for the construction of the $49.7-million facility.

“The Bollier family exemplifies the values, commitment, and spirit of this community. John, Joan, Brett, Emily, and Nolan’s thoughtful and generous leadership makes a significant difference in ensuring the University delivers on this mission,” said Gonzaga President Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil. “Because of the Bolliers, Gonzaga’s commitment to Jesuit STEM education and research will have an impact on the Inland Northwest and beyond for generations to come. I am truly thankful for the support and Zag spirit with which they show up each day.”

According to a press release, in September, faculty and staff will move into their offices and common areas, study spaces and labs will open to students. Classes are scheduled to begin in the spring 2022 semester. The 82,000-square-foot space will focus on STEM education at Gonzaga and place a special emphasis on cross-disciplinary collaboration. The building will feature skybridges connecting it to the PACCAR Center for Applied Science and to the College of Arts and Sciences’ chemistry and biology departments in Hughes Hall.

According to a brochure on the university website, the new facility will increase the university’s STEM space by 44% and add 18 new labs, including a Psych Suite, a math lab, an innovation lab, a circuits lab, technology and engineering labs, student project wet & dry labs, a dynamics & vibration lab, an innovation studio, and more.

The project’s lead architect is SRG Partnership Inc. of Portland, Ore., partnering with Integrus Architecture of Spokane, Wash.; Research Facilities Design of San Diego, Calif.; MW Engineers of Spokane; and DCI Engineers of Spokane.

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