By Katherine Ayers
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The East Carolina University Board of Trustees will discuss a proposal for two new campus student centers during a lunch meeting today.
According to an executive report published ahead of today’s meeting, one center would be built behind Mendenhall Student Center on the main campus and another constructed between the East Carolina Heart Institute and Laupus Library on the health sciences campus.
The total project is estimated at $162 million and comes from student fees and contributions from groups, including campus dining, the Dowdy Student Store and Parking Services, all of which would have space in the buildings.
In the proposal, the 208,757-square-foot center on main campus would include:
The bookstore (25,000 square feet), which will be moved from the Wright Building.
Food service operations (21,600 square feet), which will feature a 330-person multi-station Dining Marketplace and a Sports Grille.
A ballroom (23,200 square feet), which can accommodate banquets of up to 800 people or lecture-style seating of up to 1,300 people.
The Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, which will be relocated from the Bloxton House to the center.
Retail space to include a convenience store and ATM access.
A 250-seat theater.
A gameroom, which will be relocated from Mendenhall.
Computer and study space.
Conference and meeting space, room for student organizations and university administration.
A 700-space parking garage attached to the center.
Mendenhall will be repurposed according to ECU’s needs, although the bowling alley and Hendrix Theater still will operate, according to an ECU release.
In the proposal, the 67,788-square-foot health sciences campus center would include:
A recreation and wellness center (21,960 square feet) with cardio area, weight and fitness room, and a 6,000-square-foot multipurpose gym.
Food service operations (7,000 square feet), which will include a 100-person multi-station food court.
A convenience store with ATM access.
A wellness center.
A Student Health Services center, which could accommodate two providers.
Administrative offices and event, conference, meeting and student organization spaces.
According to the release, the need for a new student center has been discussed for more than 10 years, and the ECU community has outgrown Mendenhall.
The hope is that the center on main campus will become the “living room” where all members of the ECU community can gather, the release said.
The discussion is part of the board’s two-day quarterly meeting, and it could approve the proposals Friday during its 9 a.m. board meeting in Conference Room A in Mendenhall.
Before construction can begin, ECU would need approval from the N.C. General Administration and the UNC Board of Governors.
Immediately following Friday’s meeting, a dedication of the Student Memorial Garden will take place.
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via The Daily Reflector.