Eastern Washington University’s newly remodeled Pence Union Building (PUB), the inclusive centerpiece of student interaction for years to come, is now open to students, faculty, staff and the public!
The PUB is now open 7 a.m.-midnight Monday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.-midnight on Sunday’s.
The building has been under major renovations since December 2016 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 students, including safety, sustainability, wayfinding and an open and inviting floor plan.
The university hosted a sneak peek open house back on Oct. 26 for the Eastern community, and more than a thousand people passed through the doors during the four hour celebration to see the transformed PUB and take in the many new, and tasty, dining options.
Even though the building is now open, there still may be some areas with limited access as the project winds down to start the quarter. People with questions can call the PUB Welcome Desk at 359. 7918.
The 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 game room, a commuter lounge and gender-neutral bathrooms. Dining and food service choices include the Union Market, Freshens, Panda Express, Eagle Store Café and Global Cuisine.
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 such as an additional campus food pantry.
The $30 million construction contract is being 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.