Both Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson and WSU President Elson Floyd grabbed a hard hat and shovel at the groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning. The university said the building will serve as a "front door" to the university, and strengthen the connection between the town and the gown.
"We wanted to make sure that we did everything we could to connect with the city of Pullman," said Floyd. "That quite frankly is a strength of WSU, it's a strength of Pullman, it is who we are as a university."
The building will be on the corner of Main and Spring Street. It will cost about $2.5 million to build, and that includes the two-story WSU pillars that will stand in front of the building. The university plans to open the center on September 13th of this year.