Governor Chris Gregoire is slated to tour the new Engineering and Computer Science Building at WSU Vancouver Thursday afternoon before a reception with community and business leaders, students, faculty, staff and others.

The $38.5 million building is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in January 2012, providing 58,000 square feet of new classroom, office and laboratory space. It was originally sought to meet the engineering and high tech needs of Southwest Washington’s regional economy.

We’ll post an update following the event.