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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.

Follow @WSU_Chinook for more updates and see current photos on the timeline.

1/23 - Project Update

As the first floor of the Chinook nears completion, contractors have faced snow and bad weather which has slowed progress on key areas including the exterior main entrance which is necessary to allow safe access into the building. Look for an official opening of the first floor in early February, followed by the ground floor in late February, and the basement floor in early March. In preparation for opening, student staff will soon begin training for their positions: weight room attendants, fitness class instructors, coffee baristas, and front desk attendants.