Eastern Washington University, Pence Union Building
The design concept behind the renovation focuses on improving the “seam” between the two eras—knitting together the old and the new. A “main street” connection creates two dominant entries: one to the south facing campus mall and one to the north greeting the flow of traffic from transit, athletics, and student housing. The PUB has become a student-facing building with something for everyone. The expansive dining area wraps around the atrium with a variety of eating and lounge seating. A comfortable commuter lounge offers space for students to hang out while waiting for public transportation. And glass walls lining the atrium ensure student organizations are highly visible—encouraging everyone to get involved.