David Lageson, Eastern Oregon University’s director of facilities and planning, discusses the almost completed renovations of Quinn Coliseum while standing outside its dramatically upgraded main entrance. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
Quinn Coliseum, once a dimly lit building, is now lighting the path to success at Eastern Oregon University.
Quinn Coliseum has greater candlepower now that a $13.1 million renovation, one which has dramatically transformed the building, is almost complete. The centerpiece of the project is on the building’s central entrance. The old, low doorway it once had has been replaced by a two-story glass enclosure, creating a spacious atrium-type setting, one that is easy to see from many points on campus.
“At night, the inside is glowing outside like a beacon,” said David Lageson, director of facilities and planning at EOU.
This “beacon” is a far cry from the old Quinn entrance.
“It was almost like a bunker before,” said EOU Head Football Coach Tim Camp. “There is a night and day difference.”
Tim Seydel, Eastern’s vice president of university admissions and advancement, has a similar sentiment about the renovated entrance.
“Before it felt like you were walking into a tunnel,” Seydel said.
Now, people coming into Quinn’s main entrance step into an enclosure with picturesque daytime views.
“You can see Mt. Emily and the beauty surrounding the area. It is an attention getter,” Seydel said.
People in the entry enclosure can see the action in the main Quinn Coliseum court because of large windows that have been installed in the north wall of the gym. They add to the sweeping, wide open feel the renovation work has created.
“We wanted to open things up.
For the full story, see Monday's issue of The Observer