Over the past few weeks there has been significant progress made on the Student Center. One of the move visible areas of progress is the new staircase that has been installed in the food court area that goes from the second floor all the way to the lower level. This will increase the flow of traffic from all the main areas giving students easy access to the main areas of the Student Center. The new gaming area has also seen progress recently. The lower level will be home to three new gaming stations with localized sound.
In addition to the physical changes to the Student Center there is going to be new technology added as well. Touch screen building directories will be available at each entrance for guests to use. There will also be digital directories by the elevator on each floor and campus digital signage throughout the building. The ballroom will feature state of the art technology for our customers needs as well as upgraded technology in all of reservable rooms. Each reservable rooms will also be equipped with a touch screen sign at the door letting all guests know who has that space reserved or if it is available. You can use the touch screen to check in and out of your reserved room or to reserve the room on the spot for a last minute meeting.
For more casual use of the Student Center, outlets and charging stations are being added throughout the building. Wireless internet is also being upgraded to provide the best coverage possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.