The first phase of the Bone Student Center revitalization draws to a close as new spaces began to open to the public over the past month.
The most recent public unveiling took place on Monday, March 18, with the opening of the lower two levels of the new addition on the east side of the Bone Student Center. These floors include the relocated InfoCentre Welcome Desk and the Barnes & Noble-Illinois State University Bookstore. Two additional food outlets have also opened: Starbucks on the first floor and Qdoba on the second floor.
This summer, the third floor of the addition is expected to open with new space for the Admissions Office. A third dining location, The Landing, is set to open around the same time.
Phase one renovations also included updates to the Bone Student Center’s east and west entrances, as well as major alterations to the Brown Ballroom. The ballroom can now be divided into three different spaces and a foyer has been added. This work was completed in mid-February.
“As the first phase of the Bone Student Center revitalization draws to a close, we are thrilled with the progress being made each day,” said Bill Legett, Director of Events Management, Catering and Hospitality (EMDH ). “We really appreciate the support, patience and understanding of the campus community during construction. Starting to open new spaces and sharing them with customers is extremely exciting for us.
EMDH staff described the second part of the project as a “quiet phase”. First, the catering kitchen will be moved from the second floor to the first floor. The freed up space will be renovated to accommodate the office of the Dean of Students; the Student Engagement Center; and the administrative offices for event management, catering and hospitality.
The third and final phase of the reconstruction project will transform the vacated second floor catering kitchen into a three-site food court. The identity of these tenants has not yet been announced. All Bone Student Center renovations are expected to be completed in 2020.
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 media on Facebook, @ISUBone ; Instagram, @EventsandFoodatISU; and Twitter, @EventsFoodISU.