With the help of numerous focus groups, task forces, and student input, the decades-long revitalization of the Bone Student Center is nearing completion.
The Bone Student Center attracts approximately 5,000 daily visitors and hosts over 4,500 events in a typical year. As a historic resource for the Bloomington-Normal community and a hub of student life at the University, the $32.9 million renovation identified three imperatives for the 47-year-old campus building.
Known as Illinois State’s “Residential Hall,” revitalization plans aimed to excite and attract students to the building, create a new main entrance, and create a more open light with a seamless design.
In addition to an overall change in space and aesthetics, there are also many restaurants where students and alumni can dine or grab a snack. McAlister’s, a Redbird favorite, still resides in the Bone Student Center, but new retail dining options include Starbucks, Qdoba, The Landing and Star Ginger (coming spring 2021).
Not only are there new additions to the food, but other areas of the building have also been renovated and expanded.
The first floor offers amenities such as access to courtyards and fireplaces, as well as new equipment and Barnes and Noble for Illinois State books.
New offices for the Dean of Students, Career Services, and additional spaces for Redbirds to dine and study occupy the second floor of the Bone Student Center. There is also a new outdoor balcony with seating for community enjoyment.
Finally, on the third floor, the Atrium offers impressive views of the Quad and is a great place for future Redbirds to begin their campus tours.
Check out a full tour of the renovated Bone Student Center below: