Returning Boise State students remember studying for finals in the dining area of Student Union Building (SUB) and sinking down in the booth cushions or breaking the cushion off entirely. The dining area of the SUB certainly has been “well used.”
Last year, planning for renovations of the SUB began and as of Friday, Aug. 23, renovations on the SUB dining area were completed.
Changes to the dining area include: more TVs, new flooring, an entryway focal pointy and variety of seating options. The area is lined in wood and has a glass wall facing the Info Desk. The color schemes and height variety of furniture adds dimension and gives the room a more spacious feel.
“We tried to be subtle but intentional,” said Brent Delong, the director of the SUB.
The estimated project cost of the dining area was $500,000 dollars.
Another key point to the dining area is one central point of entry. This allows for a funnel effect rather than trickling through each aisle of chairs and tables. Across from the dining area is the newly remodeled lounge which Douglas Suddreth, the project manager, lovingly referred to as the “mosh pit.”
The atmosphere of the lounge has contemporary lighting and overall inviting feel. The lounge will host events such as debates and concerts which were previously held in the main dining area. The lounge will also include a gaming area with Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii consoles. Controllers can be checked out at the Info Desk.
The dining area and lounge are now open to the public, but the SUB renovations will not be complete until October when the Info Desk remodeling comes to a close. The Info Desk will be more centrally located and will now perform the functions of BroncoCard.
Suddreth explained why he felt the renovations were important to the university.
“This is the heart of the university and it has to work in a certain way,” Suddreth said. “In a lot of ways it’s our face.”
Lastly, the Department of Transportation and Parking has been relocated to the SUB behind The Zone. There are two offices and the frontline staff are now located in the SUB.
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