It took seven years. But the $6.3 million renovation work on the Kansas Union is finally finished.
And the renovation will officially come to an end with a construction tape cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon.
The dedication program will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Hawk's Nest, located on Level 1 of the union. The event is open to the public.
Those planning to make remarks include Chancellor Robert Hemenway, union director David Mucci, Student Body President Andy Knopp,
Interim Vice Provost for Student Support Mary Lee Hummert and Memorial
Corporation President Kate Harding. A reception will follow.
The project was conceived and funded by students wishing to add space for student organizations while enhancing other areas of the union.
The result provides nearly twice as much space for student offices and offers improved services for students, faculty and staff.
The biggest change is the relocation of the main stairs, now centrally located within the building. Dubbed the "traditions tower," the stairwell features floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of campus, student leadership plaques and faculty and staff awards.
Another renovation highlight is the covered bridge connecting the
union to the Mississippi Street Parking Garage.
Other changes include new spaces such as the Hawks Nest, a lounge/performance area, and Oread Books, the new home for what was formerly known as the Mount Oread Bookshop.
The dedication event falls on the 77th anniversary of the original laying of the Kansas Union cornerstone, which took place April 30, 1926.