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All Floors Open

The basement floor of the Chinook Student Center is open, and all three levels are available to students on the Washington State University campus.

The basement floor is the final installment in the hybrid recreation center and student union building. It features saunas, a weight room, cardio area, all-gender locker room, and men’s and women’s locker rooms. The three-story building includes lounge and study areas, recreation space and dining options.

4/3 - Ground Floor Open

Staying healthy on the Washington State University campus just got a little easier with the opening of the Chinook Student Center ground floor, featuring cardio spaces, fitness classrooms, yoga studio and more.

The hybrid recreation center and student union building also offers meditation space and a napping zone with napping pods for more private relaxation, reclining nap chairs and other comfortable seating.

An all-gender restroom on the ground floor includes multiple stalls with floor-to-ceiling privacy walls and a communal sink area. This space is open to all, regardless of gender identity. Men’s and women’s restrooms are also available for patrons.

Another feature is access to private presentation practice rooms. These rooms give students a place to practice public speaking or meet in small groups in a professional and quiet setting.

WSU undergrad students enrolled in seven or more credits can access the ground floor using their CougarCard. Graduate students, faculty and staff can purchase a semester or annual membership. Day passes for non-members may also be purchased at the Chinook front desk.

Members receive free fitness classes for the remainder of the spring semester. Registration is not required, and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

2/20 - First Floor Open

With the first floor now open for use, the Chinook has seen thousands of students, faculty, and staff touring and using the building.

All WSU students, faculty and staff have access to the Freshëns Fresh Food Studio, serving a selection of crepes, rice bowls, and salads. The first floor also includes the Chinook Espresso Bar, featuring Starbucks fair trade-certified coffee and espresso. Other first-floor amenities, including lounges and study areas, are accessible via Chinook membership.

Ground floor and basement work continues. Multipurpose & fitness rooms will open with the completion of the ground floor, and fitness classes in the Chinook will be free for the remainder of spring semester. No registration is necessary, but space in each class is limited in capacity. A membership or day pass is required to enter the facility.

Other ground floor amenities include eight small group presentation/meeting rooms, a nap zone, cardio equipment, and music practice rooms. Building hours will also increase with the opening of the remaining floors.

Membership options are available to undergraduate students not charged the mandatory fee, as well as graduate & professional students, faculty/staff, and alumni.

2/19 - Project Update

We are proud to announce that the Chinook will open on 2/20 with access to the first floor.  Hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. through 11:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Freshens Fresh Food Studio and the espresso bar will be open for business in addition to the three lounges, a leisure gaming area, a copy/printing station, a lactation room and the large event space.

2/6 - Project Update

As any construction project nears completion, inspections are required to ensure the building is safe for occupancy. The Chinook is now at this point. While we were hoping to open this week, the contractor has additional requirements to pass code inspection before we can open the first floor in the following week or two.

Some recent happenings:

  • Freshens Fresh Food Studio has received an initial food delivery and student staff are actively commissioning equipment in preparation for opening.
  • Furniture, including couches, oversized chairs, tables, and individual study desks are being placed in the lounge spaces and eating areas.
  • Billiard and foosball tables are anxiously awaiting use.
  • The gas burning fireplace is ready to keep the lounge warm and cozy.