Avista, McKinstry, Katerra, Eastern Washington University and others to Break Ground on Catalyst Building August 8

Construction Begins on Spokane’s First Zero Energy Building

SPOKANE, Wash. (Aug. 6, 2018) – Spokane will soon be home to its first zero energy building. Construction is set to begin on the Catalyst Building, a 150,000 square-foot innovation hub that will serve as the south landing for pedestrians using the University District Gateway Bridge. Join us August 8 in Spokane’s University District as Avista Development, McKinstry, Katerra and Eastern Washington University and other partners break ground on what will become the smartest five blocks in the world.

  • What: Catalyst Building Groundbreaking
  • Who: Avista Development, McKinstry, South Landing Investors, Katerra, Eastern Washington University, and other community partners
  • When: Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m. PDT to 1:00 p.m. PDT

    • 11:30 a.m. – Presentations begin
    • 12:25 p.m. – Availability for media interviews
  • Where: Catalyst Building Site, 501 E. Sprague, Spokane, WA 99202
  • Speakers:

    • Senator Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senate
    • Mayor David Condon, City of Spokane
    • Scott Morris, CEO of Avista
    • Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry
    • Dr. Mary Cullinan, President of Eastern Washington University
    • Mike Rock, President of Construction for Katerra

Catalyst Building construction officially begins in late August. The building is expected to open in April 2020. All are invited to attend and take part in this groundbreaking event.

About Avista Development
Avista Development, a non-utility subsidiary of Avista Corp., seeks to invest in local real estate, businesses and other assets that strategically leverage the strengths of local and regional partnerships, enhance the economic vitality of Avista’s utility service areas, and further Avista’s commitment to deliver shared value to those we serve.

About McKinstry
McKinstry is a national full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facility services. The firm’s innovative, integrated delivery methodology provides clients with a single point of accountability that drives waste and redundancy out of the design/build process. McKinstry advocates collaborative, sustainable solutions designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs, and optimize profitability “For The Life of Your Building.”

About South Landing Investors
South Landing Investors, LLC is made up of Dean Allen, Bill Teplicky, and other minority investors. Both Allen and Teplicky have extensive development experience in the Pacific Northwest. They have developed over 560,000 square feet together and over 1,365,000 square feet total. The SIERR Building is an example of their work in Spokane, and demonstrates how buildings can promote innovation and collaboration.

About Katerra
Katerra is a technology company optimizing every aspect of building development, design, and construction. With leaders from the most groundbreaking technology, design, manufacturing and construction companies, Katerra transforms how buildings and spaces come to life. Founded in 2015, Katerra has a growing number of domestic and international offices, factories and building projects. For more information, visit www.katerra.com.

About Eastern Washington University
EWU is a rapidly-growing, regional, comprehensive public university, located in Cheney, just 16 miles from Spokane. Founded in 1882, Eastern has evolved to meet the demands of an ever-changing workforce and become a driving force in the culture, economy and vitality of the Inland Northwest. The EWU Spokane campus is in the thriving University District and is home to the university’s College of Health Science & Public Health and the College of Business & Public Administration. This presence allows the university to solidify important academic and community partnerships in the region. Learn more at www.ewu.edu.

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