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Still true to fame for strength, convenience, beauty
August 25, 2010



(Photos and slide show by Tim Marsh, WSU Today)



PULLMAN – Majestic Thompson Hall on the WSU Pullman campus is the university’s oldest major building. It is among the most recognized and photographed of campus facilities.


Built in 1893-1894, it was home to WSU administration (it is sometimes still referred to as the “Old Admin Building”) until 1968 when the French Administration building opened.

Thompson was named in 1972 for Albert Wilder Thompson, dean of the College of Sciences and Arts at WSU 1953-64. After administrative offices departed, Thompson housed the College of Liberal Arts (following the separation of … » More …

Why architectureshould matter
October 26, 2007

Viewpoint is a new feature of WSU Today where faculty, staff and grad student readers are invited to share their opinions about issues of importance and impact to WSU.


It should come as no surprise when I say that Pullman has no architecture. Yes, it has buildings — even new ones — but it has none that recognize that behind bricks and stone, glass and steel, there is not only the need to accommodate a function but the responsibility to advance a culture.

This is not the place to enter into a full discussion as to the differences between buildings and architecture. But … » More …

WSU Tri-Cities buildings to close for remodel work
November 9, 2004

Taking advantage of the Veteran’s Day holiday Nov. 11, when the north Richland campus – with the exception of the library – will be closed, WSU Tri-Cities officials have announced an additional Friday (Nov. 12) closure of two campus buildings to facilitate removal of outdated equipment from a lower floor laboratory.“On Friday, we will relocate about 60 staff members, faculty and students from both the East and West Buildings to other areas of the campus,” said Chancellor Larry James.  Only four classes were scheduled in the buildings on Friday.The WSU Bookie, located in the East Building, will close for the day. All other campus facilities … » More …

Wind, quake studies sway building codes worldwide
October 15, 2004

While the 2004 hurricane season has put Florida’s buildings and building codes to the test, on the other side of the country a WSU professor is trying to understand how destruction like that wrought in Florida can be curbed.Hurricane Charley flattened more than 12,000 homes in Florida, according to the Associated Press. The damage from Hurricane Jeanne alone has been estimated as high as $9 billion. The four Florida storms have so far produced 2 million insurance claims, said the Insurance Information Institute. That’s the equivalent of one claim for every five homes in Florida. Few of these homes were built under the state’s three-year-old … » More …