Florida State University Student Union
The evolution of Student Unions at universities and colleges has transformed campuses across the country by providing students the opportunity to gather, study, socialize and exchange ideas to enhance their overall college experience. This project will provide new space and renovate existing space for the FSU Oglesby Student Union to create a social and academic collaborative space for the students.
The existing facility consists of six connected buildings constructed at different times. The very first FSU union opened in 1952, when the school’s enrollment was less than 5,000 students! Due to the building’s age, condition and functionality, the entire complex will be upgraded and improved.
The new FSU Student Union will be a more continuous space, composed of one big building with a 48-foot atrium and will extend nearly all the way to Legacy Walk. Inside the New Union will be an updated Crenshaw Lanes, FSU Bookstore, and Apple authorized Computer Store, the return of Club Downunder, as well as a more spacious Art Center and 1,500+ person capacity Ballroom. The new building will have several food options, including Pollo Tropical, Panera Bread, Panda Express, Seminole Pies, the Sports Grill and Starbucks. The western end will have a colonnade and new Market Plaza for concerts, performances, and the FSU staple of Market Wednesdays.
Amy Hecht, vice president for Student Affairs said the new Union builds off holistic wellness initiatives undertaken by FSU in recent years. Those initiatives include ensuring students have positive social outlets, opportunities and environments. “The Union will play a key role in our efforts to become a healthier campus community.”
“The university has been very intentional in the design of the building to facilitate community building through features like lounge space, seating, to facilitate shared workspaces and bigger tables for more people to sit versus individual space,” he said. “The idea is that the space helps facilitate engagement so that, as you pass through, you are surrounded by opportunities to engage with others.” said Student Affairs Associate VP, Brandon Bowden.
Engagement, connection, and community will be made easier too thanks to an abundance of wireless technology that will permeate the building, including plug and play between laptops and in-house screens and projectors.
You can view the project webcam HEREGo to http://video-monitoring.com/construction/ajax-fsusu/slideshow.htm.