Construction underway for new Cougar Football Operations Building

PULLMAN, WA - At Washington State University, construction crews are preparing to demolish the Hollingbery Fieldhouse to make room for the new Football Operations Building.

"Buildings of this type, and projects of this type, change your image," said WSU Senior Associate Athletic Director John Johnson. "Not only from a recruiting perspective, but from a campus perspective and campus pride, but also how you're viewed nationally."

The WSU Board of Regents approved the plan to build the $61 million facility in November. Now the project is well underway, despite the challenging location of construction.

"A difficult project, quite frankly because it's in the middle of campus," said Johnson.

Students will have to deal with some minor detours until construction is complete in May of 2014. However when it's finished, they'll have a brand new 80,000 square foot facility on campus. It will be the new home for Cougar Football, and it will have training facilities for all athletes. And it provides a major benefit.

"This building is critical for our recruiting efforts," said Johnson.

Johnson said that Athletic Director Bill Moos made this large-scale project possible, along with money from the Cougar Athletic Fund, and the school's contract with the PAC-12 Network that adds $15 to $20 million to their budget annually.

"Certainly this is one of the areas we're going to use those funds, is to improve our facilities, and the Football Operations Building of course is the largest, but we have many other projects that we're also working on," said Johnson.

Construction crews said that progress on the Football Operation Building will really ramp-up next week with the demolition of the field house on Monday.