Patterson Hall Renovation Reaches Halfway Mark

Long known as home to the college then named Arts and Letters (CAL) and later as Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences (CLASS), Patterson Hall first opened for classes in 1970. Named for Don Patterson, EWU president from 1954 to 1967, Patterson Hall has reached the half-way mark in a two-phase, four-year renovation process.

Patterson was originally constructed as two separate buildings, leading to renovation and funding strategies that maintain the idea of separate structures. Renovation has moved forward according to a first-phase, second-phase model, and the $61 million of capital budgeting funds needed to complete the project has been spread over two biennial legislative cycles. The Washington State Office of Financial Management is the officiating agency for the state’s capital projects.

The first phase of the project has included adding new office wings on three sides of the building, while the second phase of the project will include the modernizing of 105, 000 square feet of classroom space. Other changes include the addition of classroom technology and a revamping of Patterson’s heating, mechanical, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems. When the Patterson Hall renovation is complete (predicted for summer 2014), faculty and staff of the college – now Arts, Letters and Education – will move back from their interim quarters in Martin Hall and Robert Reid Lab.


  1. Dr. Vickie Shields says

    I would like to make some important corrections to this article. First, the College of CLASS was split into the colleges of CAL, College of Arts and Letters, and CSBS, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, in 2000. Both college offices resided in Patterson Hall. When the renovation of Patterson began the departments from both colleges were displaced to Reid Lab School and the basement of Hargreaves Hall.
    In 2010 The academic colleges underwent a reorganization resulting in CALE, Arts, Letters and Education, and CSBSSW, Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work.
    The Dean’s office for Arts, Letters and Education will be returning to Patterson Hall, however the Dean’s office for Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work will remain in Senior Hall. The departments of Government, Sociology/Justice Studies, Economics, History and English will all be returning to Paterson when construction is completed.

  2. Brian Lynn says

    Thank you, Vickie, for the corrections. This article was taken directly from Provost Rex Fuller’s fall newsletter.