Washington State University Tri-Cities is constructing the $30 million Academic Confluence Building in Richland. Designed by ZGF Architects with Research Facilities Design (RFD) as laboratory design consultant, the 40,000-sf facility will feature state-of-the-art teaching labs for programs in physics, biology, chemistry, geology, engineering, and anatomy and physiology. Offering engaging environments for learning, innovation, and growth, the multidisciplinary structure will include classrooms, study spaces, meeting venues, a grand staircase, and offices for faculty and staff. Hoffman Construction is the general contractor for the progressive design-build project, which is expected to attain LEED Gold sustainable design certification. Ground was broken on the facility in March of 2020 and occupancy is expected in late 2021.