New meets old when turning a facility built in 1954 into a cutting-edge, technologically advanced space. In order to support the growing student population, the Compton Union Building needed a complete overhaul. To modernize the space, the following was required: complete replacement of mechanical and electrical systems; programming updates for utilization of space throughout; addition of air-conditioning; and use of sustainable, energy-efficient systems. The university wanted to provide internet in student lounge areas, offer additional late-night entertainment venues and create greater student meeting space. Degenkolb’s use of nonlinear analysis reduced the seismic strengthening needed and our retrofit fully utilized the strength found in the existing systems. Our sustainable design also reduced building maintenance cost over the life of the building. This LEED® Silver certified building won ACEC Washington’s 2009 Engineering Excellence Award and is now able to meet both current and future space needs.