Thursday, July 11, 2013

Gonzaga breaks ground on it's new University Center

Tonight , July 11th 2013 , Gonzaga University will hold a official ground breaking for one of the largest, and most talked about construction projects in the school's 125 years of existence. That new project is the construction of a new building to be called the University Center.

The Gonzaga University Center project has been in the works for sometime now. In fact, Inland Northwest Business Watch even mentioned the project back in April of 2012. At that time nothing was set in stone, but now it is and construction is scheduled to start in the very near future.

The University Center will replace another on campus structure called The COG . The COG was a student union type building that had been a part of the campus at Gonzaga since the mid 1950's. The COG has since been demolished to make way for the massive new University Center which will occupy to same site by the corner of DeSmet Ave. and Dakota St. directly on campus.

Student Dining , offices and some of the transplanted parking spaces that we're a part of The COG have been relocated to another new building that opened on campus only a few months ago called the BARC or Boone Ave. Retail Center. Those services will move back into the University Center once it is completed. Also the Zag Shop retail store has also set up shop at the BARC . However, The Zag Shop's move is to be permanent.

The University Center is currently scheduled to be completed by the Summer of 2015. The building will be massive with 3 floors and over 167,000 square feet of new space included. In all the new building is expected to cost around $60 Million.

Services / shops/ offices to be in the new University Center include....

  • Various student clubs and organizations
  • Gonzaga's Student Body Association
  • Dining services, restaurants and a pub
  • Retail space
  • University Ministry
  • Center for Community Action and Service Learning
  • Center for Experiential Leadership
  • Center for Global Engagement and global initiatives workspace for international students
  • Unity Multicultural Education Center
  • An 800-plus seat multipurpose gathering space
  •  Many lounge and common area's

  • Also , INBW has heard that the new building will have an on site Starbucks location as well as an Einstein Bros. Bagels eatery . This would be the first location for the Einstein Bros. Bagel chain in the Spokane market if and when it opens along with the University Center in 2015.

    Photos and more info on the University Center at Gonzaga project are available from this web site-

    http://www.gonzaga.edu/beinspired/universitycenter/

    Gonzaga is also taking donations to go towards this project. Naming rights for the building and various portions of the building are available. Info on naming rights is also available at the link above.

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