Project Profile
Catalyst Building - World's Largest Zero Energy, Zero Carbon Building


Catalyst Building

The Catalyst Building is a five-story, 159K sq. ft. facility becoming Spokane’s first – and one of the world’s largest – zero energy and zero carbon building (currently pursuing ILFI ZE/ZC certifications). Catalyst is built using 500 locally-sourced cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels totaling 4,000 cubic meters. The building also features the latest smart building technologies and energy systems. Catalyst will house anchor tenant Eastern Washington University’s electrical engineering, computer science, and business (VC&D) programs. Spaces include classrooms, dry labs, meeting, office, and public gathering areas.

Value Proposition / Benefits

Enabling Efficiencies through Standardization

Asset Standardization

Given the complexity of new product development, Overcast worked closely with MEFPD engineers to realign equipment layouts to create an efficient integrated ceiling system. In parallel, Overcast Engineering developed product families to maximize engineering reuse (+85%) and accommodate the various space and use case types. The standardization of product families enabled engineering, manufacturing, and field installation efficiencies and quality advances via common systems/device interfaces and well documented assembly and install instructions.

Schedule & Labor Efficiencies

This project leveraged a singular crew for device installation as opposed to utilizing the traditional approach, which would require a separate crew for all five trades in the ceiling space. This provided significant productivity increases and schedule savings. Additional schedule savings were achieved by downstreaming trades associated with the installation of the Cloud devices and Spline routes. This installation consolidation meant that the equivalent of ~80 devices were installed each day, leading to ~18 days saved on the schedule.


TRADITIONAL Approach & Cost Utilizing Overcast Cloud & Spline Solution
tenant improvement costs $/sf total $/sf total delta
mechanical scope
4-Pire FCU w/DOAS + Chilled Beams 38.00 $4,180,000 32.00 $3,520,000 ($660,000)
HVAC Controls & LV Wiring 5.14 $565,400 4.10 $451,000 ($114,400)
Sprincler Lines & Drops 1.50 $165,000 1.20 $132,000 ($33,000)
electrical scope
Electrical Lighting / Lighting Control 20.52 $2,257,200 9.65 $1,061,500 ($1,195,700)
Mechanical Power 6.00 $660,000 5.55 $610,500 ($49,500)
Low Voltage Fire Alarm 7.00 $770,000 5.85 $643,500 ($126,500)
Low Voltage Data Cabling & WiFi 5.00 $550,000 4.15 $456,500 ($93,500)
general contractor scope
Acoustical Ceiling/GWB Cloud 9.25 $1,017,500 $2.78 $305,800 ($711,700)
Schedule Savings Achieved w/Installation Efficiency Gains $69,440 ($69,440)
overcast scope of work qty. total qty. total
1st Floor (Cloud/Spline Totals) 60 $334,600 $334,600
2nd Floor (Cloud/Spline Totals) 236 $448,204 $448,204
3rd Floor (Cloud/Spline Totals) 241 $510,338 $510,338
4th Floor (Cloud/Spline Totals) 114 $245,425 $245,425
Total cost 93.04 $10,234,540 79.27 $8,719,367 ($1,515,173)
total cost savings/sf $13,77
Catalyst Building 5th Floor
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Catalyst Building 5th Floor
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