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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Gonzaga University's John J. Hemmingson University Center almost complete

One of the biggest and most exciting construction projects in Spokane lately has been the construction of Gonzaga University's new University Center. Now called The John J. Hemmingson University Center the project is nearly complete, ready for use for the fall 2015 students.

The building will open at the end of this month and will officially be dedicated during Zagapalooza All Zag Reunion Weekend. That dedication will be October 16th, 2015 at 4pm.

Below is a look at the completed building compared to it's original rendering...

The building replaces an outdated, smaller building called " The COG " which was torn down to make way for this new large building. The John J. Hemmingson University Center is 167,726 square feet with many new offices, services and even some cool new places to eat while on campus. Here is what all can be found at the center...

Several new headquarters for many student clubs and organizations.

200 Seat theater for live shows and movies

GU Outdoors office space, for equipment and trips to area mountains , lakes, rivers, etc...

Bike maintenance and repair shop

Group meeting spaces

Reflection room with calming water feature

University ministries programs , activities and events

Unity Multicultural Education Center

Center for Global Engagement/Study Abroad/International

Center for Community Action and Service Learning (CCASL)

900 seat multi-purpose space

Gonzaga students will also be able to take advantage of many open areas and other features including a giant video wall. That wall is described for storytelling and sharing what is on your mind. The building will have a " Main Street " of sorts to funnel students and visitors alike to their destination.

Here is a look at part of that Main Street area...

And, as mentioned above, the new John J. Hemmingson University Center will open up many new on campus dining options. Including a re-boot of sorts for the Bulldog Tavern, which is a former landmark bar and grill over on Hamilton.

The building will have a two floor dining room, with the following dining choices-

The Bulldog ( full service restaurant )

Starbucks Coffee

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Marketplace Convenience Store

Daily Bread ( artisan deli / bakery )

360 Degrees ( Mongolian Wok )

Zagriculture ( vegetarian restaurant )

Spike's Diner ( American )

Mediterranean Coast

World's Fare ( International dishes )

We hope to get pictures of this massive new University Center soon, so keep watching this site. And, congratulations Gonzaga on the completion of this great new building.

For more information on the John J. Hemmingson University Center, visit it's website at-