Gonzaga's beautiful new John J. Hemmingson Center is a stunning multi-rolled facility featuring everything from a meditation room to a greenhouse as well as a ballroom with an 800-plus capacity. It features numerous dining options, a 200 seat theater, state-of-the-art rooftop hydroponic greenhouse. There are dining options on two floors: an artisan deli with fresh salads and bakery, a Mongolian wok, vegetarian local farm produce, American classics, Mediterranean cuisine, and other international choices. This place even has a Starbucks, but unfortunately wasn't yet open the day I visited! The new Hemmingson Center replaces the COG, Center of Gonzaga, which has been a meeting place for almost 60 years. With ever increasing enrollment, Gonzaga needed a newer larger facility.
Upon entering the building, you will be taken by this stunning atrium space:
Principal firms involved on this project include Opsis Architecture of Portland, Bernardo-Wills Architects of Spokane, MW Consulting Engineers of Spokane, and Hoffman Construction of Portland.
Pictured here is "360 Degrees," the Mongolian wok.
There is an abundance of seating in the common areas.
Outdoor gathering spacings include a fire pit
and terraces with views of the athletic fields.
Organic produce is grown in the state-of-the-art rooftop hydroponic greenhouse/learning lab located on the eastern rooftop:
Group meeting spaces to pray, reflect and share.
The facility also houses University Ministry programs, Center for Community Action and Service Learning (CCASL), Center for Global Engagement/Study Abroad/International, Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC), Group work spaces and meeting rooms, Laptop stations, computer labs and learning technologies, Comfortable, private study/work lounges.