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Bone Student Center revitalization project continues – News

The Bone Student Center is often referred to as the “living room” at Illinois State University. The campus center welcomes 5,000 visitors daily and hosts more than 4,500 events throughout the year.

This fair kicked off a much-needed revitalization project for the 45-year-old building last fall.

“The revitalization will transform the Bone Student Center into an attractive gateway to campus,” said Director of Events Management, Catering and Hospitality Bill Legett. “The new entrances will provide a more welcoming environment, and an exciting interior design will add more natural light and open seating for all.”

The Bone will remain open throughout all three phases of construction, which are expected to be completed by 2020. “Staff are strongly committed to minimizing disruption during the construction phases,” Legett noted.

Construction updates are posted on Bone’s social media accounts on Facebook, @ISUBone; Instagram, @EventsandFoodatISU; and Twitter, @EventsFoodISU.

Funding for the $33 million revitalization came primarily from reserve funds. “We’re proud that no taxpayer money is being used for the project, and students won’t see a fee increase to fund it,” Legett said. “We did this the old-fashioned way. We have saved for this.

During the first phase of construction, renovations are planned for the north and west entrances. The Brown Ballroom will also be renovated during part of this phase, adding portable walls to allow for division of the room when needed. A new addition will house a relocated Barnes and Noble bookstore as well as a two-story atrium to accommodate students and guests at the University. On the third floor, a new Welcome Center will provide a view of campus, and the Office of Admissions will use the space for recruitment efforts.

The second phase will include the relocation of the catering kitchen from the second floor to the first floor and the renovation of the vacated catering kitchen to accommodate the offices of the dean of students, the student engagement center and the administrative offices for event management, catering and hospitality. .

The third phase will further renovate the vacated catering kitchen on the second floor into a three-site food court.

Currently, the fully revitalized Bone Student Center will have six restaurants, including three on the first floor and three on the second. The first floor will house a second Starbucks campus, McAlister’s Deli, and a full-scale convenience store with fresh food served daily. Plans are underway for venues on the second floor, including a grill and restaurants offering Asian and Tex-Mex cuisine.

For more information, visit the Bone Student Center revitalization page.