The university canceled the upper-level Huntington Union Building renovation plans due to a lack of student interest, Greg Smitley, vice president of business and finance, said. Plans for the Habacker Dining Commons renovations will continue and are scheduled to begin May 18.
The HUB renovations included adding a coffee bar in the upper HUB, but Smitley said students were not in favor of renovating until more substantial changes could be made.
This adjustment allowed for extra funds to be placed toward upgrading the kitchen equipment in the DC, he said.
The DC construction will be finished by late-July in order to be ready for the upcoming school year, Jerry Gressley, director of maintenance and physical plant, said. Once complete, construction on the upper level will begin and is projected to be completed mid-September.
“It’s going to be tight,” Smitley said. “At this point, everything is progressing as scheduled. All [the] paperwork has now been submitted.”
Renovation plans on the DC are being refined and the details are currently being finalized, Gressley said. Plans include new service counters, a more open floor plan, new lighting fixtures throughout, new floor tile and new furniture. These additions also include a brick gas-powered pizza oven.
The DC will also undergo ventilation upgrades to get rid of kitchen fumes.
The exact architectural plans are still tentative, but they are “real close,” Gressley said.
Many of the people working on this project said they are excited and hopeful for what is to come.
“It is going to be really nice,” Gressley said. “Students are really going to appreciate it when they come back.”