South Landing Eco-District:
a Transformative Model for Sustainable Development in the Heart of Spokane


Anchoring the new South Landing “eco-district” neighborhood in Spokane are the Catalyst building and Scott Morris Center for Energy Innovation. Together, they demonstrate new building techniques, materials and a new, sustainable shared energy model that is central to the goal of making Catalyst one of the largest zero energy buildings in North America and one of the first zero carbon buildings to be certified by the International Living Future Institute.

Catalyst is the result of a unique collaboration between a cross-industry team of partners including Avista, McKinstry, Katerra, Michael Green Architecture and Eastern Washington University. The South Landing neighborhood began with the bold vision of Avista’s then-CEO and current chairman Scott Morris who set out to create “the five smartest blocks in the world” and began forming the strategic partnerships to make that vision a reality. Today, South Landing has become a real-world model for sustainable, efficient and forward-looking development in which smart buildings are deeply integrated with the grid and talk to each other to better manage demand, while leveraging on-site renewable energy generation and storage during peak loads.

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Fact Sheets & Infographics

Fact sheets and infographics detailing South Landing features.

Press Releases

Catalyst, One of North America’s Largest Zero Energy and First Zero Carbon Buildings, Opens in New Spokane Eco-District

September 17, 2020 | Spokane, Wash.

Avista, McKinstry, Katerra and Eastern Washington University demonstrate the potential for positive, sustainable solutions when industry leaders work together…

Media Coverage

Featured Articles

Sustainable Building at Heart of Collaborative Project

September 1, 2020 | Powermag

The South Landing project in Spokane, Washington, has been called “the five smartest city blocks in the world.” The development is said to feature “the most sustainable large building in North America.”

Mass Timber Building Puts Spokane, Washington on the Map as a Leader in Carbon-Neutral Building

April 23, 2020 | Metropolis

The Catalyst Building in Spokane, Washington couldn’t have a more fitting name. Once it is completed later this year, the five-story, 159,000-square-foot office structure will sit at a literal crossroads.

Avista embarks on project to create zero-carbon, shared energy eco-district

January 17, 2020 | Renewable Energy World

The built environment consumes 40 percent of all energy and produces 40 percent of all carbon emissions. Half of that energy is wasted due to process and equipment inefficiencies. Building owners and occupants are demanding better as social pressure drives interest in advanced technologies, sustainable operations and on-site renewable energy.

Additional Articles

Timber: A Catalyst for Innovation

April 6, 2020 | Commercial Property Executive

The Catalyst Building is a five-story mass timber pilot project currently underway in Spokane, Wash., that is being analyzed to check on its environmental impact and identify opportunities to optimize environmental performance of mid-rise cross-laminated timber structures.

Catalyst Building, Morris Center take shape in Spokane’s University District

March 26, 2020 | Spokane Journal of Business

Two new office buildings with a combined cost of $57 million have taken shape next to the University District Pedestrian Bridge, on the southern edge of the U District.

Spokane’s Catalyst Building Reaches New Milestone

October 21, 2019 | Spokane Public Radio

The partners involved in creating a new “zero-carbon” building just east of downtown Spokane celebrated a milestone today [Monday]. The “topping out” ceremony at the Catalyst Building marked the laying of its last structural piece.

Nothing But Net – Zero Net

Sepember 23, 2019 | Spokane Journal of Business

Over the past 20 years, green and sustainable construction has evolved from what many called a fringe movement to one that has achieved mainstream status. Reducing energy and water usage remains the top environmental issue driving these types of construction projects.

One of the largest zero-carbon, net-zero buildings is rising in Spokane

April 9, 2019 | Building Design + Construction

The engineering firm McKinstry, in partnership with energy provider Avista, has been a driving force behind the development and construction of what is being touted as one of the biggest zero-energy, zero-carbon facilities in the world.

EWU plans major expansion into Spokane’s University District as anchor tenant of Avista’s planned 150,000-square-foot Catalyst building

February 6, 2018 | The Spokesman-Review

The engineering firm McKinstry, in partnership with energy provider Avista, has been a driving force behind the development and construction of what is being touted as one of the biggest zero-energy, zero-carbon facilities in the world.

Media Contacts


Scot Keith    (206) 832-8193


Laurine Jue    (509) 495-4174


Brighid Brady   (619) 241-0626

Michael Green Architecture

Krystal Yee   (604) 336-4770

Eastern Washington University

Dave Meany    (509) 359-6335 

Emerald Initiative

Scot Keith    (206) 832-8193

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