In 1942 the Student Union Building was in the building now known as the Communication Building. The building that replaced the old one was completed in 1967. The Student Union Building was built in the international style and by the R. W. Luekenga Construction Company. It has had several remodels and expansions done to it, due the increase of students and the need for more space. The first expansion was in 1972, they added on to make the building larger. The most recent remodel was done in 2009. The SUB is open for the public and is a busy building where students and visitors come and go throughout the day.
With the increase of students happened the university
decided to build a new student union building to accommodate its growing
student body. The new SUB cost the university one million dollars to build in 1967. It was designed by Boise architect Charles Hummel in the modern style. The new SUB had air conditioning, a bowling alley, game
room, bookstore, and barbershop. The
building uses normal brick and concrete on the outside. The inside has acoustic
ceiling that has recessed grids to support the roof. During the 1960’s the Student Union Building
was known as the College Union Building (CUB). It did not become the Student
Union Building until the 1970’s. In 1992 a student sit-in was held by the
students because the SUB became a smoke free building. In 1996 the first Student
Union website was created and student employment increase to 150. To this day
the SUB employs over 260 students and over 6,000 people visit the SUB.
Union Building went through several different remodels and expansions to
accommodate the growing university. In 1972 the CUB (SUB) underwent its first
expansion, 140,000 square feet was added onto the building. With this expansion,
they added on a ballroom, which is known as the Jordan Ballroom that is located
upstairs. The expansion also included an outdoor center and a game center. In the
1980’s the SUB underwent a remodel of the University Snack Bar and added two
external annex buildings. They need to remodel the snack bar and add two annex
building because of the growing student population and club organizations.
In 1991 the
SUB expanded again, this expansion cost the university five million dollars. This
expansion was done to increase office space and meeting rooms of the Student
Union Building. They added an administration wing for Student Activities, conference
services, and Student Union business offices. The next remodel was in 1997 and
it was to update the Union Food Court to help increase sales. Then in 1999 the
Sub went under another remodel, they put in new carpet and painted the exterior
of the building. The most recent expansion was in 2009, which cost the
university 30 million dollars. This expansion included new lounges, dining
halls, student origination space, meeting rooms, the Simplot ballroom,
expanding the bookstore, and student government offices. All these remodels
have happened because of the increase of student and visitors that come to the
Union Building has held many different events throughout the year. In the 1950’s
while the SUB was still in the Communication Building the university put
together a Union Committee to organize evening events that were held on campus.
Then in the 1970’s they added the Special Event Center (SPeC) right next to the
SUB to help with the various events that go on. The SUB hold student organized
events and public events in the building. The Student Union Building is used by
students and by the public to hold various events and fund raisers throughout
the year. Some event that are open to the public and students are the movies night
that are held in the SPeC and blood drives that held in the upstairs meeting
rooms. The SUB also host a public Job Fair at least once a year.
also has a gallery on the second floor, which is open to artist to show and
sell their artwork. There are also different areas upstairs and downstairs
where you can find artwork that the SUB has had donated to them. They have even
found ways to keep the outside of the original building windows as a shadow box
to hold large pieces of artwork. There are walls upstairs that have become walls
of honors or recognition of various people. These walls are dedicated to
important people that have help the university. The people on the wall have
donated or were alumni that had an impact on the university in some way. One
wall upstairs is dedicated to patents that have a significance for the
university. There is another wall dedicated to important donors like the Simplot’s
that have helped the university.
early 1970’s the Student Program Board was (SPB) was formed. The SPB allowed
students to be more involved and gave them a voice in the Student Union. This allowed
the students to help decide what happens in their SUB. The Sub has many things
for students to occupy their time. There are various food stations, convenience
store, game rooms, pool tables, and a bowling alley in it.
late 1970’s the Student Union Building had ninety student organizations in the building.
Today the Sub has over 210 student organizations that use the building to hold
gatherings and meetings. There are also areas for the students to relax and
study. The bookstore has expanded to accommodate the growing student body,
which allows the students to get their school essentials there for a large
portion of their classes. The SUB has also made it easier for students by
including a transportation office, so that students can find bus schedules, pay
for yearly parking, and pay tickets.