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May 27, 2014

WSU opening $61M football ops building — and a new ‘Crimzone'

Photo courtesy WSU/Ox Blue [enlarge]

The Cougar football program is moving into its new $61 million home in the west end zone of Martin Stadium in Pullman.

The 84,000-square-foot operations building has five floors.

Locker rooms are on the first floor, along with rooms for equipment, storage, laundry, interviews and studying. Above that is an 11,000-square-foot weight room, a nutrition bar, and offices for coaches.

The third floor is open to the public and connects to Compton Union Building by an elevated walkway. It has a Cougar football hall of fame, trophy room and memorabilia center.

The fourth floor has a dining hall for all Washington State University athletes, as well as meeting rooms and a 160-seat auditorium. The dining area will be used as a welcome center for former WSU athletes of all sports on football game days.

On the top level are conference rooms, and coach and staff offices.

About 10 rows of stadium seats built off of the operations building will be used by the WSU marching band and 500 students. The area is called the Crimzone.

Since the building walls off the west end of the stadium, crowd noise is expected to be 15 decibels higher on game day. An addition in 2012 of premium seating and a new press box reportedly contributed to a 12-decibel jump in crowd noise.

Hollingbery Fieldhouse Annex was demolished to make way for the brick operations building, which was completed on budget. Construction cost about $43.86 million, according to WSU's website.

Hoffman Construction was the general contractor/construction manager and ALSC Architects was the designer. Other team members listed on the WSU website are Henderson Engineering (mechanical and electrical), DCI Engineers (structural) and SPVV Landscape Architects.

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