Skip to content

Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Sep 18 / Student Center

Bringing life to the lower level

The lower level of the Student Center was one of the least traveled floors of the building, but with the renovation we are trying to change that. The lower level always had a strong committed group of gaming students who used it as their home base and there was a lot of foot traffic for the late night grille, but with the redesign this will change. There are two departments that are moving their offices to the lower level, we are reinventing the pool and ping pong area, we are adding food concepts and we are putting in a gaming area for our dedicated gaming students. In addition, there will be natural light added to the space on the south end of the building from the new atrium and a new stairwell will provide access to the lower level right from the food court.

Future stairwell from the food court to the lower level

Future stairwell from the food court to the lower level

 

Sep 8 / Student Center

Adding light into the building

One of our goals was to add more natural light into the Student Center during the renovation. There will be two large glass additions on the north end of the building that are under construction now. Each of the large holes in the building that you see in the pictures below will be one of the glass additions that will add more natural light.

 

Exterior from 2nd Fl Facing South

View of the 2nd floor lounge area

 

View of the 2nd floor north end

View of the 2nd floor lounge area (taken from the 3rd floor)

North Expansion Hole East Shot

Exterior view of the glass addition facing north towards the College of Education

Sep 4 / Student Center

The 6th floor is finished

We have reached a milestone in the renovation project. The 6th floor is finished and tenants started moving in last week. Hillel and Veterans are back in their space, but Testing will move in later in September. The Student Veterans Resource Center is hosting a grand reopening celebration on September 11th. Check out the events calendar for more details.

SVO Lounge

SVO Lounge

SVO Study

SVO Study Area

SVO Collab Room

SVO Collaboration Room

Testing Room

Testing Room

Hillel Lounge

Hillel Lounge

Aug 14 / Student Center

A sneak peek at the new Veteran’s office

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.

A new home for our Veterans on campus

 

The new study area

The new study area

Aug 11 / Student Center

An unconventional approach to product delivery for the 6th floor

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.

The HVAC system being delivered through the 6th floor window with a crane.

The HVAC system being delivered through the 6th floor window with a crane.

Aug 7 / Student Center

A Sneak Peek at the New Ballroom

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.

This is a rendering of the new Student Center ballroom.

This is a rendering of the new Student Center ballroom.

 

Jul 29 / Student Center

Progress on the New Elevators

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.

This is a picture of the elevator before the renovation.

This is a picture of the elevator before the renovation.

The new elevator is still going to get a new floor and handrails, but it is fully functional and in operation.

The new elevator is still going to get a new floor and handrails, but it is fully functional and in operation.

Jul 23 / Student Center

Making Progress on the Renovation

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.

Progress continues in the food court

Progress continues in the food court

View of food court facing the north entrance of the building

View of food court facing the north entrance of the building

This will be the new lower level programming area

This will be the new lower level programming area

Jul 17 / Student Center

6th Floor Update

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.

 

This is the view looking south down the main hallway.

This is the view looking south down the main hallway.

Elevator lobby

Elevator lobby

 

Hillel

Hillel

Getting the room ready for demo

Getting the room ready for demo

Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence

Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence

Jul 11 / Student Center

Furniture Selection

Meeting Picture2.aag.7-9-14 Meeting Picture3.aag.7-9-14 Meeting Picture.aag.7-9-14

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.