The Bone Student Center revitalization project continues to progress on schedule.
“We’ve been very pleased with the project so far,” said Erin Watts, Assistant Director of Marketing, Training and Hospitality. “It’s extremely exciting to see the changes and progress as you walk into the building each day.”
The Bone Student Center revitalization project is the result of a 15+ year plan to modernize the Bone Student Center by infusing the space with natural light, open-concept seating areas, new flooring and furniture, and new dining options. The 45-year-old building’s first major $33 million upgrade is being paid for primarily with reserve funds. No tax money will be used and there will be no tuition increases, Watts said.
The renovations have been split into three distinct phases to ensure Bone Student Center remains operational during construction.
The first phase of the project, which includes improving the east and west side entrances, renovating the Brown Ballroom, constructing a new two-story atrium and third-floor visitor center, a updated courtyard, a new Starbucks campus and additional restaurants on the second floor, is in full swing and is expected to be completed by Spring 2019.
However, students can expect to see some of the changes planned in the first phase come to fruition before Spring Break 2019. In early fall, the west entrance to Bone Student Center will become available. Einstein Bros. Bagels, Pizza Hut Express and the Atrium, which are closed all summer for public works, will reopen at the start of the 2018 school year.
As construction continues and entrances like the west side entrance become available, occasional closures of other entrances will occur. Director of Events Management, Catering and Hospitality (EMDH) Bill Legett said that when further closures do occur, appropriate signage and social media updates will be posted well in advance of the event. they do not provide preventive information to students and staff.
Legett says students will begin to see the project take shape over the next school year.
“You’ve seen a lot of construction,” Legett said. “Now you’re going to start to see the progress taking shape.”
Phases two and three will be completed in fall 2019 and spring 2020, respectively, in less than two years. Watts is excited about the project’s completion.
“We understand this is something very special, a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Watts said. “We can’t wait to see the new spaces used as we envisioned them.”
“The Bone offers a home away from home,” Legett said. “We hope the improvements will create even more special experiences for all Redbirds.”
To learn more about Bone’s revitalization project, see construction progress, and receive updates on service availability, check out Bone’s website and be sure to follow their social network on Facebook, @ISUBone ; Instagram, @EventsandFoodatISU; and Twitter, @EventsFoodISU.