View Interior Renderings of the new Student Engagement Center on the UIW Campus Map
In June 2015, the center of the campus began buzzing with activity, as Marian Hall
was demolished to make way for the new Student Engagement Center.
The new $25 million facility will replace the student center, which the university has outgrown, and centralize student services now distributed across campus.
Paul Ayala, director of University Events and Student Programs, said the goal during the planning process was to make the building a “one stop shop” for students.
The building will feature administrative offices, including those for University Events and Student Programs, Campus Life, the post office, print shop, bookstore, the help desk, and a new dining facility.
The offices of Career Services, Health Services, and Veteran’s Affairs also will be located in the building, as well an 800-seat ballroom for activities, and eight multipurpose rooms each seating 30 to 40.
“A student will be able to walk into this building, and get many of their needs met,” Ayala said.
The effort, as with any project this size, will not be painless; during the 22-month-long construction process, offices currently housed in Marian Hall will be displaced, and the dining hall will be relocated to the International Conference Center.
Ayala said both university officials and student groups have collaborated with Sodexo, who runs the dining hall, on plans for the new eatery.
“It will truly be state-of-the-art,” he said, featuring multiple dining stations serving students and staff in an all-you-care-to-eat buffet style.
For recreation, there will be an expanded recreation room and pub in the basement of the building.
Another welcome addition in the expanded facility will be more space for the Student Government Association and other student organizations, both for meetings, and student activity programs and presentations.
Group study areas and social spaces have also been designed into the building, Ayala added, which will supplement those found the library.
“It will be the hub for student life on campus,” Ayala said.
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