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Union offices and businesses relocating across campus

Union offices and businesses relocating across campus

Union offices and businesses relocating across campus
September 04
07:34 2013

Margaret Saucedo / Intern

As UNT moves forward with plans for a new University Union, students have been informed of positive outcomes of the new union space. But for the next two years of construction students, faculty and staff must adapt to the temporary changes happening across campus.

Several major shifts are in progress this semester. The student affairs offices, including the Center for Leadership and Service, the Dean of Students, Orientation and Transition Programs, among others, will continue to function in the University Union until the week of Oct. 7, at which time they will start the move into the Stovall Temporary Union Building (STUB), which was formerly known as Stovall Hall.

Wells Fargo Bank inside Stovall Hall. -Photo by Aidan Barrett / Senior Staff Photographer

Currently Wells Fargo Bank and the U.S. Post Office have been moved to the STUB.

The University Bookstore has relocated from the second floor of the union to a temporary tent at the intersection of Avenue C and Chestnut Street next to McConnell Hall.

The Campus Chat food pavilion has moved only a few feet away from the union in between Sage and Sycamore Halls. All the same food options remain including Taco Bell and Chik-fil-A.

Students can order their food and take seating in Sage said Ken Botts, dinning services special projects manager.

There are no ATMs inside the food pavilion or Sage. The ATMs that where in the union are now in the STUB, and there is a Higher One ATM located in Maple Hall, the Pohl Recreation Center, the Eagle Student Services Center and Willis Library.

Green Mountain Coffee still remains in the Union, and Botts said it will close when the union officially closes its doors in October.

Construction crews are currently adding a café on the second floor of the General Academic Building. Botts said the cafe should open sometime in November.

The UNT post office inside Stovall Hall. - Photo by Aidan Barrett / Senior Staff Photographer

The Department of Dance and Theatre had to relocate from Stovall to make room for the union offices, so the university constructed a temporary Dance and Theater Building, which is located on Bernard Street next to the Speech and Hearing Clinic.

The College of Visual Art and Design fashion classrooms, storage and studio space as well as the Texas Fashion Collection are now closer to the Art Building in the modular buildings on Welch Street than they were previously in Scoular Hall.

Representative of CVAD, fashion and the dance department’s relocations Margarita Veneges said faculty is a little more satisfied with the temporary module space because they were able to have input on the design to meet specific needs.

Venegas said the Dance and Theater Building has higher ceilings, a common area and microwaves.

Since the modular buildings are only meant to last 25 years, Venegas said there are future plans to remodel the Art Building to incorporate the fashion school back into it.

There will be no more street parking by the union, but the Union Circle Parking Garage is still available. The west side and parts of the north side parking will be under construction until renovations are done in summer 2015 according to the University Union Master Plan.

Students will see the union fees in their tuition increase from $52 to $167 in fall 2014 in order to pay for the new union, which is expected to cost around $130 million.

According to the University Union Master Plan, 2,253 students voted on the union fee referendum in April 2012 and 54 percent approved the fee.

Biology senior Leke Olowokere is not bothered by the increase in union fees.

“The money’s got to come from somewhere,” he said.

Although he will graduate before the fees increase and will be long gone when the union is complete Olowokere said it is best to think of the fees as an investment to the university that contributes to each student’s education.

University Union director Zane Reif said the maintenance and construction of the union is possible with the student fees, but they are still actively seeking donors to supplement the cost.

The new union will be certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum. This certification shows that the new University Union is built green under National Resource Defense Council standards. Credits are accrued in five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality according to the NRDC.

More information on the relocation can be found at union.unt.edu/masterplan/relocation

Graphic by Nicole Arnold / Visuals Editor

Feature photo by Aidan Barrett / Senior Staff Photographer 

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