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Construction Timeline


May 5, 2017

  • Slam balls up to 100 lbs, sleds and more in the Chinook basement.
  • Students workout in the Chinook basement.
  • The weight room area of the Chinook basement includes a stationary tire flip.
  • Day-use lockers in the Chinook basement.

May 1, 2017

  • President Kirk Schulz, Vice President of Student Affairs Mary Jo Gonzales and ASWSU representatives participate in the Chinook ribbon cutting ceremony.
  • Students attend a ribbon cutting to thank those who made the Chinook renovation possible.
  • Attendees at the Chinook ribbon cutting sing the WSU Fight Song.
  • Vice President for Student Affairs Mary Jo Gonzales speaks during the Chinook ribbon cutting.

April 3, 2017

  • Setting up equipment in the basement level weight room.
  • Slam wall in CrossFit area on basement level.
  • Locker room on basement level.
  • Sauna on basement level.

March 20, 2017

  • Two-stories high, WSU graphics have been installed on the curve, visible from first and ground floors.
  • The last part of the curve is painted and the garage doors to the CrossFit area are installed.
  • Cardio equipment has personal screens for your viewing pleasure.
  • Progress is being made on the exterior staircase from Cougar Way to the main entrance.

March 14, 2017

  • Sunset images taken by WSU students and staff are installed in ground floor study rooms.
  • Napping pods and chairs and in the "Nap Zone" on ground floor.
  • Fitness equipment overlooking the weight room.
  • The weight room duct work is painted.

March 2, 2017

  • Cardio machines with personal screens are on the ground level.
  • A flock of stationary bikes wait in one of the fitness rooms on ground level.
  • Napping pods are assembled on ground level.
  • Cedar is installed in the saunas on the basement level.

February 27, 2017

  • A triceps press machine in the fitness and cardio area on ground floor.
  • Treadmills and other equipment has arrived and will be moved to the cardio area.
  • Furniture is ready the ground floor presentation rooms.
  • The saunas on basement level are in the process of being installed.

February 22, 2017

  • Day lockers outside of multipurpose fitness rooms on the ground level.
  • Each multipurpose room is different to accommodate unique classes. This room will host Yoga @ 90º.
  • The classroom on ground floor has flooring installed. This space will be reservable for events and activities.
  • Windows have been installed in the basement level weight room.

February 13, 2017

  • Order food from the Freshens Fresh Food Studio right from the lounge.
  • The balcony on first floor will have patio seating and heaters.
  • Seating by the Chinook Espresso Bar and Freshens Fresh Food Studio.
  • The front desk is built and ready to go.

February 7, 2017

  • Turnstiles in the front entrance.
  • Foosball table in the game lounge on first floor.
  • A crepe from Freshens Fresh Food Studio. Student employees are commissioning equipment this week.
  • Patio furniture for the balcony waiting in the event space.

February 3, 2017

  • Furniture is set up around the fireplace in a social lounge on first floor.
  • Pool tables in the game lounge are felted.
  • Seating near Freshens Fresh Food Studio.
  • A student employee at Freshens Fresh Food Studio.

February 1, 2017

  • Concrete being poured and prepped at the entrance.
  • Reception desk behind the front turnstiles.
  • The kitchen for Freshens Fresh Food Studio is stocked and student employees have begun training.
  • Painting is underway in the main social lounge on first floor.

January 30, 2017

  • Study and social lounge with reading nooks.
  • Social lounge next to Freshens Fresh Food Studio, looking on to the crimson curve.
  • Installing the ceiling in the entryway.
  • The crimson curve continues through the balcony.

January 27, 2017

  • The front entryway to the building is crimson and has the spirit mark from the old Bookie installed.
  • The social and event lounge is getting finishing touches.
  • Furniture is put together in the event space.
  • The seating area of Freshens Fresh Food Studio and the espresso bar.

January 26, 2017

  • Preparations for concrete outside of the Freshens Fresh Food Studio seating area.
  • The entryway from behind the reception desk.
  • A social and study lounge space on the first floor leads out to the balcony.
  • The balcony outside of the event space.

January 24, 2017

  • The service desk behind the turnstiles is near completion.
  • Flooring is installed in the seating area of Freshens Fresh Food Studio.
  • Slate has been added around the elevator shaft.
  • Restrooms are almost ready on the first floor.

January 20, 2017

  • Freshens Fresh Food Studio is almost ready to start making delicious crepes and rice bowls.
  • Glass walls accent the building in several places, including the opening to ground floor.
  • The elevators have passed inspection.
  • The Cougar emblem that used to be outside of the Old Bookie is now installed in the Chinook entryway.

January 20, 2017

  • The event space is almost ready to hold your next event, with great views overlooking the north side of campus.
  • Digital signage, including two 90-inch screens, will be throughout the building. Mounts are ready to go.
  • Slate has been installed on the fireplace - a perfect place to cozy up and look out on the balcony.
  • Cabinetry is installed in the staff space, where Chinook, CUB, and UREC staff will be housed.

January 10, 2017

  • Freshens Fresh Food Studio has artwork installed and blenders ready to go.
  • Fireplace and carpet outside the large event space.
  • Freshens Fresh Food Studio and Espresso bar seating area with great views of the Hillside of campus.
  • Finishing touches for the lounge and game room. 90" TV screens coming soon!

January 10, 2017

  • Reading nooks on the first floor are framed and lit.
  • Current views of the weight room from the fitness and cardio area.
  • Crimson paint goes on the main curved wall, visible from the first and ground floors.
  • Flooring is installed in the main event space.

December 6, 2016

  • The Chinook curve runs through the building and ends near the entrance.
  • Glass windows in the Freshens Fresh Food Studio seating area are installed.
  • There will be a copy and print station near the entrance.
  • The kitchen for the Freshens Fresh Food studio and espresso bar is under way.

December 6, 2016

  • Multipurpose rooms on the ground floor will have space for fitness classes and open recreation.
  • Masonry is under way on the balcony outside of the event spaces.
  • Reading nooks are in the social and study spaces.
  • Solar panel sinks are installed in the All Gender Restroom on ground floor.

October 17, 2016

  • Staircase from Cougar Way.
  • Extended seating for Freshens Fresh Food Studio.
  • Multipurpose room on ground floor.
  • Tiling is under way in the ground floor gender neutral bathroom.

October 4, 2016




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July 2016

  • Future location of Freshens Food Studio. View from seating area
  • Future balcony outside of event spaces; right wall will be removed and left wall will have large windows
  • Future stairway from Cougar Way
  • Future game room and home of chalkboard wall

July 2016

Round two of napping pod demos in the Compton Union Building


June 2016

  • Large windows will add natural light to the first floor
  • This is where the original 1954 building and 1964 addition meet
  • Lower level opening above future weight room
  • Future classroom

May 2016


April 2016

  • Future study and music practice rooms
  • Advisory Board students walking through ground floor
  • Former main staircase from ground floor
  • Ground floor, new HVAC systems



March 2016

Construction update:
- Design Development Drawings completed
- Demolition and abatement in building interior
- Interior framing and wall layout
- Electrical and mechanical layout


February 2016


January 2016

Preliminary interior work begins in the Chinook


December 2015

Board of Regents approves Chinook schematic design documents


October 2015

Board of Regents presented with proposed Chinook schematic design documents for approval


September 2015

General contractor and architect selected by the Board of Regents based on the recommendations made by the Chinook Planning Committee


July- August 2015

Presentations by three prospective architects to the Chinook Planning Committee


May 2015

Board of Regents approved the design and construction for the project within the budgeted amount of $32 million


March 10-11, 2015

ASWSU Referendum Vote passes with 3,399 votes or by 74.1 percent