President’s Residence Gets a Makeover

PULLMAN, Wash. — Renewal and maintenance work is underway at the
87-year-old President’s Residence at Washington State University. This is the
first renewal project since 1986, when presidential couple Sam and Pat Smith
began their tenure at WSU.

Incoming President Lane Rawlins and his wife, Mary Jo, will be moving into
the home after work is completed, around Aug. 1.

The President’s Residence is a four-level, Georgian-style home, designed by
Architect Rudolph Weaver, former chair of the WSU Department of
Architectural Engineering. President E.A. Bryan and his family were the first
occupants in 1913. Rawlins will be the seventh WSU president to reside in the

The 10,300-square-foot facility is the site for hosting many university guests
and official gatherings.

Work over the summer months will include:
— Replacement of 80 original exterior windows for energy efficiency and
improved function.
— Building utility system maintenance and improvements.
— Kitchen renewal and appliance replacement.
— Interior painting and minor modifications.
— Window, wall and furniture covering replacement.

The total project cost is estimated to be $295,500. The project is paid for with
minor capital facilities funding.