Visiting Western Washington University

Click HERE to take tours of the dorm buildings and links to room layouts and floorplans.  

Click HERE for floorplans for each building.

DORMS: We were shown Nash and Mathes dorms (top right corner of this pic), and the new Alma Clark Glass dorm could be available for us (lower left, not showing).  Note:  Mathes is not wheelchair accessible.

MEALS:  We would be eating in the Viking Union (center)
Performing Arts Center is clearly marked — just a patio-distance from meals

CLASSROOMS:   We would walk underneath the Library .. into the Red Square — our two classroom buildings (if we need two) would be Bond and/or Miller.  Both buildings have an assortment of classroom sizes … and some have theater seating.  Rooms are equipped with white boards or black boards, overhead projectors with screens, and an OWL for having hybrid classes.

GOLF CARTS are permissible… and usable to move people around (other than to Mathes dorm which has steps).


  1. All classes would be in Bond, Miller and the PAC. All easy walking distance and no hills.

  2. Dorms are about an 8 minute walk to the class room area with a slight uphill walk.

  3. Class rooms seem to be well equipped and have good sound proofing between.

  4. Dining room is right in the middle between the class area and the dorms.

  5. Lots of space for tagging and afterglows.

  6. No neighbors to worry about disturbing with late night singing.

  7. Plenty of available seating at the PAC

  8. Gorgeous views of Bellingham Bay from the Plaza by the PAC.

Approaching the PAC
Red Square surrounded by Miller & Bond classroom buildings.
Lovely landscaping

Classrooms and Theaters in Miller & Bond (samples)

Performing Arts Center

Notes from Nancy Kurth:
Performing Arts Center is awesome!  Reminds me of Belmont U in Nashville, for those that have attended HU.  Huge lobby – room for lots of tables for sale of CD’s, etc.  Concert Hall seats 600; Main stage seats 1000.  There are choral rehearsal rooms with permanent risers.  Also large ensemble room for chorus coaching.
They have risers – 13 sections of 3 step with back rail (18″ step). 
The Main Stage has steps onto the stage on both sides, moveable orchestra pit, large backstage area.  No elevator to balcony.  Projector in built in and is operated from the sound booth.  This is front projection so anyone that walks in front of the projection blocks the screen.  There are dressing rooms on the lower lever (no elevator) 1 HUGE dressing room plus 2 small dressing rooms (smaller hold about 10 each).  This building has AC

Dining in Viking Commons

Our meals will be served in Viking Commons. It also houses a Starbucks and a small convenience store.

Notes from Nancy Kurth:  
For the dining hall we would probably do swipe cards for Director and Arranger Workshop.  Name badges may work for the rest of the weekend.  We were not able to speak to dining hall personnel.

Alma Clark Glass dorm (during final construction)

Notes from Judy Galloway
Alma Clark Glass dorm is just about ready to open.  The photos that we have were taken during the final installations of furniture and appliances.  This dorm could serve as our ONLY dorm with lounges that could be used for coachng sessions and a large common area with a kitchen that could hold our Registration and Afterglows.

Most of the dorm rooms are two-bed units with a bathroom.  There are some two-bedroom suites that have two 2-bed rooms and they share a large common area and a bathroom.  This dorm has several elevators and long ramps for easily moving around.

2-bed room with bath
2 bedroom suite with large living area
Bath: sink, shower, toilet
Second bathroom view
Spacious lounges
Laundry services on each floor
Gradual ramps
Large open common area with kitchen
Second view of large common area

Nash and Mathes dorms

Notes from Nancy Kurth:
Housing contact is Katy Lenning.  
Nash Hall holds 300 students. Main Lounge is large enough for registration and HCNW “office”. The lounge also has AV capability. There is a circle drive for unloading but then students would need to drive down to parking lot and we can shuttle them back to the dorm. There is a ramp and elevators, so hall is ADA assessable.   Each room has 2 beds, 2 desks, 2 closets.  Beds are VERY high so we mentioned they would need to be lowered.  There is no AC – only heat.  Beds are long twin size – good mattress (compared to UPS).   Every floor has a mini kitchen with a microwave. Bathrooms are “gendered” but we’d probably do gendered floors.
Mathes Hall is next door to Nash Hall.  Not ADA assessable. Large main lounge with a baby grand piano, projector and screen, full kitchen and restrooms.  Stairs only, no ramp. Each floor has one kitchenette. Same room set up as Nash. Small study rooms for a single person with a single desk. The upper floor have a lunge at the end of each floor.
Nash dorm
Nash Lobby
Nash lower Lobby
2 beds, desks, and dressers in each room**
Nash 2-bed room
ADA showers
Bathrooms have ADA showers
Nash hall
Mathes dorm
Mathes Lobby
Mathes 2-bed room