Major Renovation Planned for Student Union
A new look and feel is coming to the Student Union for August 2015 and construction is already underway.
At the regular monthly meeting held March 10, the Board of Trustees approved a renovation project to the Student Union which will completely reconfigure the interior of the building to include a kitchen and food prep area expansion, a remodel of the student dining area(s), expanded seating for student study and social spaces, as well as a possible Bookstore expansion.
The project is being funded by the Student Life Fund which includes revenue from book sales and student fees. The Board approved Dondlinger Construction as the contractor. LawKingdon Architecture was awarded the project last fall and is serving as project architect.
Dondlinger submitted a base bid of $2,200,000. Various alternatives were also bid on the project which include a total roof replacement, a Bookstore addition, remodeling of existing restrooms, an additional custodial closet, and a remodel of the Student Government Association offices. The alternatives are currently under consideration by the Board of Trustees. New Kitchen equipment was also bid and approved by the Board for Oswalt Restaurant Supply in the amount of $481,749.
“I am excited to see the remodel project begin,” said Bill Rinkenbaugh, vice president for student services. “The building is 50 years old and in need of modernization and improved traffic flow. What is really exciting about this project is that our students have had a voice at the table in designing it through our Student Government Association. This renovation will provide a quality gathering space for both our resident and commuter students. They will have a place to study, gather for social events, or grab a quick bite to eat in between classes. This will be an attraction for both current and prospective students at Butler.”
A groundbreaking for the facility is currently being planned for Wednesday, April 1, details are being finalized.