New Student Union Project

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Project Overview

The $160 million new Student Union will replace the current University Center, which was built in 1952 and then expanded and remodeled in 1967.

The project is funded through existing student and user fees, and the facility will be at least 50 percent larger than the existing structure.

The new Student Union will enhance services for our students and the entire community through a larger auditorium/performance venue; additional program, conference, and meeting space; a much larger ballroom for larger events and banquets; a new and expanded book and technology store; and more dining options.


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Project Phases

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Phase One

Phase one, now underway, consists of five stories that will house the book and technology stores, campus dining, and Career Services. Concrete walls and floors are forming the shell of the structure. The lowest level’s walls and floor are done, and work is continuing upward, a floor at a time.

The old University Center garage, the Temple Court and Aconda Court buildings, the former Student Counseling Center, and a building at 812 Volunteer Boulevard were demolished to accommodate the construction.

This first phase of the new Student Union is expected to be completed in 2015.

Phase Two

The next phase of construction will include additional dining areas, the auditorium and ballroom, a student recreation area, lounges, and additional program, conference, and meeting space. It also will extend the building’s footprint westward toward Volunteer Boulevard.

The new Student Union, which will be at least 50 percent larger than the current University Center, should be completed in 2017.