Washington State University

Spark Academic Innovation Hub
The Spark Academic Innovation Hub at WSU

Washington State University

Spark Academic Innovation Hub


The Spark is a revolutionary teaching and learning space at Washington State University designed to enhance active learning. The facility includes a variety of classroom types including the active learning hall which is a circle-in-the-round accommodating 360 degrees of projected content that encourages democracy, participation and teamwork between students and teaching staff. The interior design employs modular furniture which anticipates the need for flexibility for group collaboration.


  • Worked closely with WSU administration, faculty and students to develop robust designs to allow flexibility in teaching modalities, address the way students learn and create learning across multiple disciplines
  • Provides students the latest in classroom technologies to enhance learning
  • Uses connectivity to enable the building to serve as a prominent teaching tool


  • Facilitated Workshops and Visioning Sessions
  • Technology Program Development
  • Financial Modeling and Assessment
  • System Design and Documentation
  • RFP Development
  • Vendor Selection
  • Implementation Oversight
  • Design Build Management
  • Architectural / Engineering Design Support


  • Audiovisual Systems
  • Videoconference and Distance Learning Systems
  • Educational Technologies

Read “Designing a Technology-Enabled Learning Environment for Higher Education” to see how Vantage worked with Washington State University to develop The Spark Academic Innovation Hub.

  • Client: Washington State University
  • Project: The Spark Academic Innovation Hub
  • Location: Pullman, WA
  • Project Type: Education
  • Facility: Active Learning Hall
  • Project Size: 160,000 sq ft
  • Architect: ZGF
  • Completion Date: 2017