By D. Meany:
An afternoon of interactive activities and exploration will highlight the grand reopening of Eastern Washington University’s Pence Union Building (PUB) after a two-year renovation project.
The public is invited to join the campus community to celebrate the PUB reopening from noon-4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26. Festivities begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by an open house and numerous events starting at 12:30.
The building has been shut down since December 2016 for major renovation after ASEWU student government and EWU leaders approved a plan to finance the project through student fees. The remodel reflects the areas of highest need identified by the students themselves, including safety, sustainability, wayfinding and an open floor plan.
“The PUB has been transformed into an open and inviting student union that helps define our campus culture,” said EWU President Mary Cullinan. “We can’t wait to show off this inspiring, state-of-the-art hub for student life!”
To showcase how the PUB will be a wonderful community gathering place and inclusive centerpiece of student interaction, Eastern has several exciting things planned so people can experience the new facility. Activities include:
- Live Music
- Give-Aways (for first 100 people and first 500 people)
- PUB Passport with prizes
- Eagle Store Pop Up Shop
- Photo Booth
- History gallery
- Sign a piece of art that will hang in the PUB
Experience new food optionsThe remodeled PUB utilizes the footprint of the original 120,000-square-foot building built in 1968, and includes 4,000-square-feet of additional space. It looks like an entirely new structure with large glass windows at the entrances that infuse the building with natural light and provide visitors with great visibility to the adjoining campus mall.
Amenities include meeting rooms and office space, a technology center, printing stations, laptop checkout kiosk, a gaming lounge, a commuter lounge and gender-neutral bathrooms.
In addition to being the headquarters for various student organizations and EWU Student Life, the PUB will be home to the university’s new Multicultural Center, the rebranded Eagle Store (Bookstore) and other important student resources like the new campus food pantry.
The $30 million construction contract was completed by Spokane general contractor Leone & Keeble, Inc., which has done other big projects on the Eastern campus in recent years, including the renovation of Patterson Hall and the construction of the residence hall snyamncut. Overall, including consulting, design and predesign, furnishings and equipment, the PUB renovation is a $47 million project.
Reprinted from https://www.ewu.edu/stories/ewu-celebrates-pub-grand-reopening/