Planning and Timeline

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2022 – Fundraising and Programming Begins

On April 18, 2022, Washington State University announced a landmark $20 million gift from Edmund and Beatriz Schweitzer and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL). The Schweitzers and SEL are each contributing $10 million toward the construction of the Voiland College’s new student success building on WSU’s Pullman campus.

In October, The Boeing Company donated $5 million to establish a new student success center within Schweitzer Engineering Hall.

Throughout the fall, Voiland College engaged with students, employees, alumni, industry leaders, and the community to solicit input to help WSU shape how the new Schweitzer Engineering Hall will support generations of future problem solvers through its programming. 

Through a series of focus groups, committees, open houses, and surveys, Voiland College received feedback from more than 700 people on how they thought Washington State University could reimagine Pullman’s engineering and design precinct to better serve the needs of our students and employees.

Room entrance with a sign that reads we want to hear from you.
Voiland College solicited input on WSU Pullman’s engineering and design precinct.
People sitting around a u-shape table learning about a planned new building.
Focus groups provided feedback on serving the needs of Voiland College students and employees.
Students standing by a table with flyers and building photos.
Students attended several open houses to learn about Schweitzer Engineering Hall.

2023 – Design Feedback Begins, Fundraising Continues  

JanuaryInitial programming (PDF) to inform the design of Schweitzer Engineering Hall was completed.
January 19RFQ Issued for Design Builders.
FebruaryThree firms were selected to participate in the Request for Proposals (RFP) process to select a company to design and build Schweitzer Engineering Hall.
AprilDesign Build Finalist Selected.
Spring / SummerCommunity Engagement on Building Design
May 4-5WSU Board of Regents Agenda Item to Approve Design Build Contract
SpringWA Legislature Passes Budget
SpringWA Governor Signs Budget
July 1WA Biennial Budget Takes Effect
September 22Ceremonial Groundbreaking for Schweitzer Engineering Hall

2026 – Schweitzer Engineering Hall Opens

FallSchweitzer Engineering Hall Ribbon Cutting