The 62,000 square foot building is a first of its kind research facility that will house a school that educates students on animal health and studies about infectious diseases that originate in animals and are spread to humans.
Paul Allen, who is best known for co-founding Microsoft, is a WSU alum who donated $26 Million to the university to build the facility.
"You know as you life progresses, you want to find great ways to give back, and what greater way to give back than to do something here at my alma mater," said Allen.
Allen is passionate about fighting the widespread disease in Africa, which is why he helped fund this facility. One of the features of the building is that it will allow students to have video conferences with researchers in the field in Africa. Most of the diseases that are impacting Africa and other developing parts of the world are transmitted from animals to humans, and researchers at the school will focus on finding solutions to them.