PULLMAN, Wash.--Three 15-foot-high cast concrete letters - W, S and U - were raised on the site of the new Washington State University visitor center Wednesday morning.
The letters were erected as part of a new “front door” to the university. The visitor center, located on the west-central edge of the Pullman campus at Main and NE Spring streets, will function as an interpretive center for WSU, highlighting teaching, research, athletics, student and faculty contributions in a unique visual setting.
Jeff Lannigan, project manager with WSU Facilities Services, said the building is on schedule for a September opening, though the giant letters posed a unique challenge to workers.
“That W that’s going up weighs 40,000 pounds, so it takes a little bit of extra thought and effort to do this kind of work,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun to do these kinds of special projects.”
The team of Sellen Construction and Olson Kundig Architects was selected as design-builder via a request for quotation/request for proposal process.