First off, I want to say thank you to everyone who has come out and checked out the website. Just in the first week alone there were over 1,800 unique visitors, which is pretty impressive. Good to see that you are all interested about the new Student Center and what’s going on with the renovation this summer.

Earlier this week, some of the Operations staff and myself were able to do a walk through of the building in order to see the progress of the construction crew thus far. Each Thursday for the next few weeks, I’ll be posting the photos from a different floor of the building, so that you will be able to see each floor and what it has to offer throughout the month of June. After talking to Shawmut, the construction company, we are hoping to be able to go back into the building again early July, but with strict safety regulations, it will depend on their approval.  

Before we were even allowed into the building we all had to be wearing sneakers, long pants, hard hats and protective construction glasses. Room 1 is currently being used as the construction crews headquarters, filled with diagrams, extra hard hats, a few computers, and an AC unit to cool down. After leaving Room 1, the building is completely transformed and in some places virtually unrecognizable. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Go check them out now before reading the rest of this week's post!
Hope you enjoyed hearing about some of the demolition and construction going on in the building thus far. Did you notice the following when looking through the newest photos?
  1.  The painting by the Salad section of South
  2. What the old "Pit" has turned into now
  3. The curtains from the stage in South Dining Hall
  4. No more wall between Papitto and Heritage

Looking towards the future, as the demolition phase comes to an end, the first floor is one of the areas with the most changes and updates. Heritage and Papitto will have a retractable wall allowing for a much larger programming space than available previously in our student center. Many organizations will be able to host speakers or their own banquets right in the Student Center. Also, the Information Center will resettle on the first floor right across from the new fireplace that will be right in the center of the common space. This past semester, a committee also worked on updating South's food options, focusing on providing a more holistic menu thinking of the entire community, and in particular adding more MEAL options as opposed to sandwiches, salads, etc. Finally, there will be a programming space housing a 70 inch television and sound system for various events in the building. This transformational space will be used to accommodate small musical acts, important televised programs, and late night Bryant@Night events. Across from this will be a new sound proof Music Practice space, giving our performance/music groups an opportunity to more easily express their creativity and practice for upcoming shows and events.

Below you can find a poll pertaining to some of the changes occurring on the first floor--let us know what you are looking forward to the most!
 


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