Gonzaga University John J. Hemmingson University Center

Elevating Learning with an Ideal Thinking Space: Innovative engineering solutions for a pioneer project

DCI Engineers provided structural engineering design for the transformative and contemporary new building on the Gonzaga University Campus. Designed with the potential of an extremely high performing space, the John J. Hemmingson University Center is intended to invigorate the Gonzaga community with global initiatives that promote the advancement of the student body and the Spokane community. This university center will be seeking LEED® Gold certification and includse a variety of amenities that will enhance the student experience. The center features dining services, a pub, café, and retail space as well as maintain its original purpose as a hub for several university organizations and programs. Designed as an inviting and dynamic space, the center expresses welcoming and opening characteristics due to the inclusion of an atrium and glass walls.

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Spokane, Washington
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Higher Education
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Concrete, Steel, Masonry

Project Highlights

  • Designed primarily of steel-framed construction.
  • Three levels with partial basement and loading dock.
  • 800+ seat multipurpose gathering space.
  • LEED initiatives include the construction of two wells installed adjacent to the center, one which will pump water up from the Spokane, Aquifer, run through a heat exchanger to heat and cool the building and send it back into the aquifer through a return well.

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