April 20 ceremony celebrates start of work

A “celebration event” at noon Thursday, April 20, will launch the start of a two-year renovation transforming the Compton Union Building at WSU Pullman. Set for the CUB’s Clevenger Lounge and open to the public, the event will include comments from students, staff and administration.

In March 2005, more than 52 percent of student voters approved a referendum for an $86 million renovation of the building. The CUB will close May 7, work will begin May 15 and the CUB will reopen in fall 2008. The existing building will be significantly reconfigured, though the core structure and exterior shell will be retained.

The renewed CUB will be centrally air conditioned and energy efficient. It will feature a technologically enhanced auditorium, expanded ballroom and wired and wireless Internet in student lounge areas on all levels. There also will be an elevator and stairs on the north side connecting that area with the center of campus.

The renewed CUB will house The Bookie — relocated from the west side of campus — brand-name fast-food services and retail vendors, including copy, mail and bank services.

Before student organizations started moving out of the CUB this year as a prelude to renovation, it provided space for 25 organizations. In addition, more than 300 recognized student organizations use CUB meeting rooms and other space. While the CUB is closed, some entities will be housed temporarily elsewhere on campus, including those shown on the map and:

• ATM locations, probably on Terrell Mall near the Holland/Terrell Libraries.
• Student meetings mostly centralized at the Smith CUE building.
• ASWSU Faculty Senate meetings in Smith CUE 518.

For CUB scheduling referral assistance, contact CUBScheduling@wsu.edu or 335-9444

* For a longer version of this story, click here (http://wsunews.wsu.edu/detail.asp?StoryID=5799).

* For a map showing where services, formerly located in the CUB, are temporarily relocated, click here (http://cub.wsu.edu/CUBRelocation/maps/CUBRelocationMap.pdf).

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