Washington State University

Pullman,

Student Union Needs Assessment, Feasibility Analysis, And Programming

Washington State University retained the services of B&D in 2001 to conduct a detailed needs assessment, feasibility study, and facility programming for the renewal of the existing Compton Union Building (CUB). Our scope of work included reviewing the existing drawings and site plan; a detailed market analysis including a survey, focus groups, and peer school review; the development of a detailed facilities program; and financial analysis. Recognizing the importance of the CUB as a quality-of-life facility and the role it played in the future development of the university’s campus community, we recommended that the university undertake extensive renovations and additions to the CUB, creating a contemporary and comprehensive facility to better meet the campus needs well into the future. The plan included a dynamic revitalization of the facility that would use existing space more efficiently, create a landmark presence in the center of campus, and effectively take advantage of the aggressive site topography and views. Completed in 2008, the $86 million CUB renovation included an expanded food court, computer labs, study and social rooms, updated conference rooms, and student organization space. The revamped 235,000 SF facility received LEED Silver certification in 2009.