The Catalyst Building now open in the University District

By: Amy Edelen, The Spokesman Review

After more than two years of construction, the first net-zero commercial building made of cross-laminated timber in the state is now complete.

The five-story, 159,000-square-foot Catalyst Building opened Thursday at 601 E. Riverside Ave. in the University District, making it one of the first zero-carbon buildings certified by Seattle-based International Living Future Institute and the anchor of the South Landing eco-district at the base of the University District Gateway Bridge.

Avista Development and McKinstry developed the $60 million project in collaboration with California-based Katerra and Eastern Washington University.

“ With the foundation for the five smartest blocks in the world now in place, Catalyst and the South Landing eco-district prove what is possible when industry leaders work together to think big and test bold ideas,” Scott Morris, chairman and former CEO of Avista, said in a statement. “What we have created is so transformative and innovative, it will serve as a new model for collaboration across industries. Together, we are re-imagining the future of energy and sustainable development.”

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