Looking back: the PUB


Courtesy of EWU Archives, EWU 007-0583-8-3-38

By Dylan Harris, Copy Editor

As the renovation project of the Pence Union Building, or PUB, nears its completion, here is a look back at the PUB in 1970, the first year of the building’s existence.

The PUB was named after Omer O. Pence, a long-time EWU educator and administrator. Work began on the original building in 1969 and was completed in 1970.

Although much smaller at the time, the PUB contained a cafeteria, rooms and offices accessible to students, a game room, a large multipurpose room and a commuter lounge for students using public transit. Students were able to smoke inside of the PUB until 1990, when EWU began adhering to the state’s clean-air laws.

In 1994, following the demolition of Rowles Hall, construction began on a new addition to the PUB. This expansion project was completed and the building was reopened in 1995. Some new additions to the expanded PUB included the university bookstore, a computer lab, a writing-skills center and a larger cafeteria named Baldy’s.

Fast forward to 2016, the beginning of the ongoing renovation project. Construction workers, heavy machinery and fences have been a common sight surrounding the PUB recently, but students and staff won’t have to wait much longer for the grand reopening. According to the EWU website, the PUB will be open yet again in late October.


*All historical information found on the EWU Archives and Special Collections website and EWU website.