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Dana & David Dornsife Health Sciences Building

Community Health: Whitworth University creates a campus within a campus

This three-story science building has classrooms and lab spaces for exercise physiology, motional analysis research, anatomy, and simulation. The facility accommodates Whitworth University’s doctorate-level occupational therapy and physical therapy programs.

The DCI team designed the foundation, floor system of composite wide flange beams, a lateral force resisting system of steel braced frames, concrete core for the elevator system, and roof system of wide flange joists and girders. The engineers designed long span floor layouts and utilized BIM 3D modeling to verify beam and column locations and MEP system penetrations.

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Spokane, Washington
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Healthcare, Higher Education
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Concrete, Steel

Project Highlights

  • The building has a partial basement and retaining walls since the facility is built into a sloping site.
  • Before construction of the building, the project team improved the site’s soil by coordinating excavation and re-layering compact soil.
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Justin Cook

Principal, Spokane


I really enjoy being part of a project that will be around for a long time, and knowing that I contributed to its success.”

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