Project Facts

Imagine a visionary place where tomorrow's technology can stream life and learning from across the world, where students can engage each other and collaborate with their professors in flexible spaces, large or small. Envision a cutting-edge environment with space to dine and enjoy the arts, with space to reflect and perform, with space that responds to changing needs and resources. Picture a place where the entire community can gather to learn and converse. Dream of a place that is sustainable, filled with design elements that can create a learning laboratory.

Now imagine that place situated at the heart of Gonzaga University’s campus.


On National Gonzaga Day, January 24, 2013, President Thayne McCulloh introduced The Hemmingson to Zag Nation. Watch this quick overview video that highlights some of the major features of this state-of-the-art building.

More than a beautiful new building, The Hemmingson is an opportunity for Gonzaga to transform the delivery of a contemporary Jesuit education, one that is relevant and rigorous. Not since College Hall was built has one new facility promised the potential to truly animate the center of Gonzaga’s campus, bringing together students, faculty, staff and the community to foster collaboration and activities that support social, academic and spiritual growth.


  • Student Clubs and Organizations
  • Gonzaga Student Body Association
  • Dining services, theme restaurants, café/pub, retail space
  • University Ministry
  • Center for Community Action and Service Learning
  • Center for Experiential Leadership
  • Center for Global Engagement and global initiatives workspace for international students
  • Unity Multicultural Education Center
  • 800-plus seat multipurpose gathering space
  • Study lounges, media and active lounge areas, movable workspaces


  • Location: Former COG and adjacent parking lot, DeSmet Avenue at Dakota Street
  • Size: 167,726 square feet, including lower level and 3 floors
  • Cost: $60 million
  • Architects: Led by Opsis Architecture of Portland, Ore., with Bernardo-Wills Architects of Spokane
  • General Contractor: Hoffman Construction of Portland, Ore.
  • Sustainable design: Seeking LEED Gold Certification

Replacing the COG

Throughout the last two decades, the undergraduate enrollment at Gonzaga has doubled while overall enrollment has increased at an even greater rate. And while the COG — Center of Gonzaga — has served the University admirably for nearly 60 years, etching its place in the hearts of students, faculty and staff, it is an antiquated facility that cannot meet the new and demanding needs of a rapidly expanding campus community. Retiring this campus landmark to make way for the new University Center will provide our growing student population with a 21st century cutting-edge environment that will take Gonzaga’s integrative Jesuit and Catholic education experience to the next level.


  • Built in 1954
  • Latin name: Circulus Omnium Gonzagaorum
  • Translates to: “A meeting place for all Gonzagans”
  • Name penned by: Dick Noble and Fr. John Martin, S.J.
  • Meals served: More than 40 million
  • Last meal served: May 10, 2013