Description: The MSU Union, a campus landmark, is prominently located along Grand River Avenue, adjacent to a main entrance of Michigan State University. Additions to the building were completed in 1936, 1949, 1980 and 1997, resulting in a total current area of 186,000 square feet. While there have been numerous programmatic changes over the years, the core "college union" philosophy of providing a hub for student activity has been maintained. Residential and Hospitality Services' Strategic Plan envisions continued vitality for the Union, but the building does not currently meet the needs of the primary audience of students and visitors.
It will include renovation of the first floor concourse, main lounge, and reconfiguration and renovation of retail outlets including the coffee shop and Sparty's Convenience Store. An information desk will be created at the intersection of the pedestrian flow and a new connection to the lower lounge from the upper lobby will be buílt to increase accessibility. The lounge and lobby will receive new finishes including flooring, carpet, paint, and furnishings. The One Union Square Food Court will be updated and modified to increase food preparation and patron efficiency.
Construction will take place during the summer of 2012.
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