THE ELSON S. FLOYD COLLEGE OF MEDICINE has a place to call its own.

Since its founding in 2015, the College of Medicine has shared space with Washington State University’s other health sciences colleges on the WSU Spokane campus. That made for a fragmented operation, with faculty and staff offices and student classrooms spread across multiple buildings.

The departure of Eastern Washington University from campus in 2021 gave WSU the opportunity to create a home for the College of Medicine.

A $17 million remodeling and “reimagining” project brought modern learning and collaboration spaces, a campus testing center, and faculty offices to one of the first buildings constructed on the WSU Spokane campus. The new WSU Medicine Building was dedicated in a ceremony in August, and students began classes there shortly afterward.

The Washington legislature contributed $15.5 million of the project’s cost, with the remainder raised through private donations.

The Medicine Building on campus is “another step in our growth as a health sciences campus,” said Daryll DeWald, executive vice president for WSU Health Sciences and WSU Spokane chancellor, in August. Added Jim Record, interim dean of the College of Medicine, “This building is emblematic of WSU’s commitment to the community it serves.