HUB Expansion Opens Monday To Excitement
The long anticipated HUB expansion project came to fruition on Monday, opening at 11 a.m. following what seemed to be never-ending construction.
Featuring 54,800 square feet of new space and another 52,000 square feet of renovated space, the expansion aims to cater to the more than 20,000 students that pass through the HUB’s doors every day. With additions including larger meeting rooms, a “tech lounge,” and a flex theatre — which is still awaiting audio/visual equipment to open — the project aimed to bring the building into the future and meet the growing needs of students.
Students quickly maneuvered their way into the new section following a ribbon-cutting ceremony atop of the new staircase adjacent to the bookstore entrance. From the monumental staircase to the flex theatre, the HUB includes a space for almost every student’s niche.
“For the 20,000 students that pass through it each day, the HUB is the pulse of this university,” said UPUA President Anand Ganjam. “From its vast array of eateries, to the diverse range of programs and events hosted almost every day of the week, this building is by far the most utilized of spaces at this campus.”
With the need for more seating around the building, Mary Edgington, Senior Director of Union and Student Activities, mentioned that they are still expecting to add 50 more chairs over Spring Break. Students can also sit on the monumental staircase, pictured above, adding even more seating to the building. Edgington is also waiting on tables for the new meeting rooms, but students can still see the end product by walking around the new section.
Edgington thanked students for their involvement in the project in her speech, but her the project would not have been completed without her input and vision. “I would like to thank the many students that I have worked with on this project. From the beginning idea stages of ‘What should be in an expansion if we were ever to build one?’ to selection of the furniture and beyond. Thank you for your insights, opinion, feedback, passion, energy, and enthusiasm,” said Edgington.
The new HUB is definitely a sight to see and a welcome addition to campus. You can check out some of our best photos from the spacious and rejuvenated HUB here.