The Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence is getting renovated this summer and is almost done to welcome our new veteran students on campus. The newly redesigned space features separate study and social areas and offices for each of the staff members.
The new HVAC system was too large to take in the building using the elevator or the stairs so our architects and construction team decided to take a different approach. By using a crane and hoisting the new system up through a window they removed they were able to get it in with only inches to spare.
After months of deliberation on carpet samples, light fixtures, wall coverings, etc. the renovation committee has finally selected the finishings for the new ballroom. The ballroom will have a beautiful organic circular light fixture, a wood and fabric wall and state of the art audio visual equipment. To add a formal WSU look to the space we are adding an official WSU seal on the main wall of the ballroom and on the wall of the main entrance. The new ballroom will be a fantastic location for all WSU students, faculty and staff to hold their programs and events.
It has been a long wait, but we now have a fully operational NEW elevator at the north entrance to the building. While it still has a few little items that need to be finished, like the floor, it is up and running and ready for use. The 2nd car is now under renovation and it will be completed before the fall semester.
The demolition is starting to wrap up and the construction of the new space is beginning soon. Currently we are working on purchasing all of the materials for the construction process as demolition is taking place. Every detail needs to be thought through and all products need to be ordered. Everything from light fixtures and windows to drywall and screws are on the way to build out the new Student Center.
Though the 6th floor renovation is a separate project from the large renovation, we thought you might want to see the progress. Testing, Evaluation and Research Services, the Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence and Hillel will all move into their new spaces in August, just in time to welcome our new students to campus.
Over the past few months the Student Center renovation steering committee has been working with the architects and getting feedback from students regarding furniture selections. Samples were brought in for all the major areas of the Student Center including the ballroom, lounges, meeting rooms and the food court area. The samples were voted on by several hundred students, faculty and staff and the design team went to work with the results. This week all of the hard work concluded with the final furniture and fabric selections.
Since the start of the planning process university staff, architects and our construction team have had over 1,000 meetings to coordinate the Student Center renovation. You may think that is a lot, but there a tons of details that need to be taken care of during the process. For example, this past week there were meetings on digital signage information, lighting fixtures, furniture and fabric selection just to name a few. All this work is being done to make sure that the newly redesigned Student Center is well liked by all its visitors.
Take a walk around the Student Center and you won’t question the fact that demolition is underway. The pounding of hammers, buzzing of saws and humming of drills fill the once quiet study areas as construction crews make way for the new, redesigned Student Center. In order to make space for the new, they first must take out the old. Almost every other day, waste removal services have been hauling away tons of debris and rubble. Much of the debris is sorted at the facilities and recycled when possible. Meanwhile, other crews are in the process of replacing the north end elevators. New steel door faces have been installed on every floor and work has begun on the elevator car!
In 1969, Wayne State Warriors (Tartars back then!) began launching paper airplanes — up three stories and into the Student Center ceiling, where they stuck and have been preserved for decades. Spearheaded by engineering students, this venture turned out to be one the most iconic features of the Student Center. Yet, with the redesign of the Student Center, the airplanes have begun to “take off” to their new homes. Two ceiling tiles full of hanging planes will be landing back in the Student Center and put on display as a tribute to the iconic feature.
The remaining planes have been taken down and will be documented before beginning their final flight into the homes of WSU Alumni this fall.