CHENEY, Wash. – When Eastern Washington University students returned to campus on Monday morning, many of them found their seats in a new Patterson Hall.
No matter their major, every Eastern Washington Eagle’s journey will take them through Patterson Hall. The planners and staff involved closely with the building’s renovation said it will be a whole new experience for students when the building opens for class on Monday.
Patterson Hall is the single largest academic building on the Cheney campus. In four years’ time, with a major $57 million reconstruction, it has gone from a three-story building with little daylight, to a five-story building with atrium entryways and skylights.
Eastern Washington University Senior Project Manager Jim Moeller said the building is designed as a place for students to spend time – whether they’re in class or not.
“This is where all the sun is gonna come in and this is where you’re gonna want to sit in the morning, you’re gonna wanna hang out between classes. This is where you’re gonna study. This is where you’re gonna meet with your professors,” Moeller said. “This is a place you don’t wanna leave.”
Nearly 200 staff members will have offices around the perimeter of Patterson Hall. The building houses 44 classrooms ranging from a 20-student class size to 120-student lecture halls.
Eastern Washington University will host a dedication ceremony and open house on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 1:45 p.m. followed by tours of the building.