Student Union boasts various amenities
Two weeks before the grand opening of the Student Union building, Student Affairs led Sidelines and MT10 through the almost-complete building to give students a glimpse of their future home.
Designed specifically for students between classes, the 211,000-square-foot building offers three floors comprised of a new food court, restaurant, lounge areas, conference rooms and offices for student organizations. While the building is still in the final stages of construction, offices are moving over from the Keathley University Center.
“This, is lack of a better word, a living room for students,” said Sarah Sudak, associate vice president of student affairs and dean of student life. “There is no other place on our campus like it. While students have believed that the KUC is the student union, as you have seen, there is nothing comparable on campus to this building.”
On the first floor, students walk in to see the student information center and sleek glass elevators. Phillips Bookstore, which opened Aug. 14, now occupies a large portion on the first floor in a bigger space than its previous housing in the KUC.
The remainder of the bottom floor belongs to the new food court and the game room. This dining area will offer a Panda Express, Popeye’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and other stations that feature Mexican food, hot dogs, and a soup, salad and baked potato bar.
Student will also have excess to other dining options with the placement of the first campus restaurant, The Blue Raider Grill. The grill will offer a Newk’s- or Pei Wei-styled service, and students can have a sit-down experience.
In addition to the food court, the new Student Union building has a theater on the second floor with surround sound and 95 movie theater chairs for students to watch movies and other shows or performances.
Lots of lounge space is on all three floors of the building, with nooks inside and outside and open space for students to watch TV or hang out. Conference and group study rooms are available to students, similar to those in the James E. Walker Library.
Students can reserve the rooms online, and touch screens are outside the door to display the availability of the room.
“The majority of spaces are for students,” Sudak said. “Only half of one floor is dedicated for those who support students.”
A new ballroom is on the second floor that can seat a maximum of 800 people in a dining setting, and 1,500 people with theater seating. The ballroom can be divided into the fifths, and supports technology for any kind of event.
Dressing rooms and a green room connect to the ballroom to give speakers and performers space for preparation.
The top floor is the new home of the Student Government Association, Student Programming, Student Involvement and Leadership, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and the Student Organization center.
Grand opening ceremonies for the building are the weekend of Aug. 24. The Student Union building plans to be fully functioning Aug. 27.