GU to break ground on new $60 Million University Center next month

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Construction begins this summer on the new University Center. Architect?s rendering.
Construction begins this summer on the new University Center. Architect?s rendering.

Gonzaga University will break ground on its new 167,726-square-foot, three-story University Center during a ceremony at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 11; reception begins at 5:15 p.m. Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh, Spokane Mayor David Condon, business and community leaders, and Gonzaga staff faculty and students will be at the event, according to a press release.

The building site is at the corner of Cincinnati Street and DeSmet Avenue. The public is welcome to attend. 

The new Center will be built on the site of the existing COG and its adjacent parking lot, and is expected to be complete summer 2015. The COG has served as Gonzaga’s primary student center for nearly 60 years.

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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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