Center for Science and Innovation (CSI)

Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Academic Innovation STEM Higher Education On the Boards


The CSI is a 275,000 GSF complex consisting of a new building at the campus gateway of 12th Avenue and Marion Street and the transformation of two existing STEM buildings - Bannan Science and Bannan Engineering. The project will transform the facilities into an integrated complex for the College of Science and Engineering, celebrating the disciplines as the pivot of an educational experience at Seattle University and creating a welcoming front door landmark for the institution. Students’ time on campus is enriched by collaborative discovery – with faculty as well as between members of the campus community and their urban neighbors, guided by the University’s deep sense of mission.

The innovative program for the new facility includes community-activation components that support youth-serving organizations and form a dynamic public concourse on the first floor that will energize 12th Avenue. The Center for Community Engagement – the home of the Seattle University youth initiative that provides a pathway of support for local children and their families is located prominently on the first-floor entry terrace that doubles as a community resource for the building’s café. A large Makerspace that will be a university wide resource will wrap the corner, enlivening the campus entry.

Building Facts

  • 110,000 GSF New Construction

  • 165,000 GSF Partial Modernization

  • 2,400 GSF Center for Community Engagement
  • KXSU - Radio broadcast studio
  • Café
  • Biology, Chemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics
  • 1,200 GSF Makerspace

The Future of STEM

Inside Seattle University's Center for Science and Innovation Complex

Innovation