Health Sciences and Innovation Building Fact Sheet


A new center for medical and health sciences education, research, and health care innovation anchored by the University of Washington School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Health Partnership.

The building will be home to the UW School of Medicine and Gonzaga’s Department of Human Physiology, supporting the education of: 

  • 120 first- and second-year UW School of Medicine Foundations Phase students
  • 30-34 MEDEX Northwest physician assistant students (classes in the SIERR building)
  • 225 students studying Human Physiology at Gonzaga University’s Health Sciences, along with more than 300 students in nursing and undergraduate health sciences also taking courses in the facility


840 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, Washington, situated on the southwest corner of Hamilton & Spokane Falls Blvd., adjacent to McKinstry’s Spokane Inland Empire Railroad (SIERR) historic building.


Four stories; 90,000 square feet

Features and Amenities

  • Teaching classrooms 
  • Anatomy and teaching labs
  • Full floor devoted to research 
  • Administrative offices
  • Ample common/gathering areas
  • Café/retail space
  • On-site parking
  • Ultra-efficient energy systems
  • On-site solar and renewable energy generation
  • Back-up power
  • High-speed wireless and data networks

Building Partners

  • McKinstry’s Emerald Initiative: Developer and building manager
  • University of Washington: Anchor tenant with long-term lease agreement to house the UW School of Medicine
  • Gonzaga University:  Co-Developer and anchor tenant with long-term lease agreement for programs in human physiology, nursing, related sciences
  • Collins Woerman: Project architect
  • Bouten Construction: General contractor

Project Timeline

  • September 2019 – Project Announced
  • September 2020 – Groundbreaking
  • August 2022 – Construction Complete; Occupancy

An Emerging Campus

The new facility joins the campus of McKinstry’s award-winning Spokane Inland Empire Railroad (SIERR) building. The historic 55,000 square-foot building delivers leased office space for use by private and public organizations within the health sciences, research and medical industries.

Completed Construction

On September 7, 2022, the Health Partnership building was unveiled and opened to the public in a "gauze-cutting" ceremony. Hear what the speakers from the opening event have to say in this video from the opening ceremony. Below is a walk through of the completed building with thoughts from our students.