By Bailie Myers
Renovations to the College Union Building on the Washington Street Campus will continue until the end of next spring.
The part of the CUB that formerly housed a cafeteria will be transformed into a student living space, according to Bruce Cotgreave, director of the AC Physical Plant.
“The gist of the whole project was to create a student living room,” Cotgreave said.
This student “living room” will contain tables, couches and vending machines. The room will also include a stage for events put on by Student Life, Cotgreave said.
The bookstore will also undergo renovations which will result in a larger display floor and an extra register. The bookstore will also gain a new storage area by using the old kitchen area of the cafeteria as storage space.
This will make it easier to store product and gain access to that product. Currently, the bookstores storage area is in the CUB basement.
These renovations are estimated to be completed sometime betweenMarch and April 2014, Cotgreave said.
Before the CUB went under construction, many students spent time studying and spending time in the cafeteria.
Now they have to find somewhere else to spend time.
“There are not many quiet places to study on campus,” theater major, Daniel Strong, said.
Strong said because students no longer have the cafeteria as a study area, it is harder to find a place with plenty of room.
“Downstairs (the CUB basement) there is not a lot of table space to spread out and work,” Strong said.
Now he has to go to Hastings or coffee shops around town to study but he believes the new student living room will be worth the wait although the timing of the renovations could have been improved.
“I have a feeling it’s going to have a more relaxed type feel to it,” Strong said.