Culture of clean: SRC strives to stay vibrant, healthy

By Steve Nakata, Administrative Services

PULLMAN, Wash. – When Washington State University opened its Student Recreation Center (SRC) in 2001, students were in awe of the state-of-the art $40-million facility. It quickly became the hot spot on campus. Fast forward 14 years and it’s still one of the most heavily used buildings at WSU.

SRC facilities director Jeff Elbracht drives a floor cleaner. (Photos by Sarah Page, WSU Administrative Services)

What keeps the students coming back? The opportunity to exercise and recreate is the obvious answer. But it’s more than that. The SRC provides an atmosphere that is inviting, friendly and clean.

That’s right, clean! WSU students are adamant about being able to exercise in a vibrant, healthy and clean facility.

The SRC staff takes that sentiment to heart. Aside from its rigorous daily cleaning routine, it closes the facility twice a year for a major scrub-down. In August and December, the SRC has what if affectionately calls Closed Week—seven straight days of mopping, dusting, shampooing, refinishing—whatever it takes to return the facility to its original luster.

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