In 2015, in response to years of student feedback, ASEWU student government and EWU leaders approved a plan to redesign the Pence Union Building to make it more usable and responsive to the needs of today's students.

Financed through student fees, the PUB redesign is an approximately $40M project.  It uses the existing footprint of the building (~120,000 square feet), focusing the renovation on the areas of highest need and maximum student benefit.

Following a successful pre-design, construction started in Fall 2016.  The project was completed in early 2019.

Key Project Goals

  • To create an open and inviting student center that will define the sense of campus community and become a true hub for student life
  • Develop a space that fosters student engagement, retention, and success
    • Increase student lounge, study and collaboration space
    • Increase and improve space for student leadership, clubs and organizations
    • Increase and enhance space for large student events
    • Increase and improve student dining space and options, including retail dining choices
  • Transform the PUB into an environmentally-friendly building (with more daylight) and highly visible indoor/outdoor student activity
  • Address deferred maintenance issues and safety needs