WSU approves Richland research facility

The Washington State University Board of Regents on Friday unanimously approved a proposal that might lead to the construction of a new research facility in Richland.

WSU Tri-Cities is entering into a partnership with the Hanford contractor EnergySolutions to erect a 13,000-square-foot lab across from the campus.

Several hurdles are yet to be cleared for construction to begin, but if all goes well the facility might be finished as early as this fall, said WSU Tri-Cities vice chancellor Dick Pratt on Thursday.

The $2.5 million testing facility would be built on about seven acres of university land on the southwest corner of George Washington Way and University Drive.

Once the facility is built, EnergySolutions would donate it to WSU and then lease it from the university for a time. After that, the facility would turn into WSU's new engineering lab, possibly with EnergySolutions as a partner.