Selah Vetter, Staff Writer
A new semester brings more renovations to the University Center at Samford University. New study and gathering spaces have been built and are a hit with the students.
“It seems to be on its way to becoming a hub of activity for collaboration and study,” Kim Brown, associate vice president for operations and campus initiatives, said.
The university included students in the design process in order to fulfill student needs. Additional study spaces and an expanded bookstore with a convenience store help students with their daily needs. A new staircase connects the food court with upstairs gathering spaces and reopens the second entrance to the cafeteria.
“The students from interior architecture surveyed the student body and said they were looking for clear sight lines, student gathering spaces, indoor/outdoor eating, expanded eating options, and convenience store options at the bookstore. I believe we achieved the goals,” Brown said.
Many Samford students said they enjoy the renovations.
“It’s the perfect place to connect with people. The open space makes it easy to make new friends and the welcoming environment creates a fun social dynamic ,” sophomore language and world trade major Mia Farris said.
The renovations in the University Center are part of phase two of the 20-year-campus master plan. This phase is estimated to cost somewhere between $50 and $70 million. The next projects in this phase include renovations in Brooks and DBH. Phase one will be completed with renovations in Buchanan and Davis Library.
All renovations in the University Center are expected to be finished this semester. Workers are currently renovating the student affairs and student life offices. The grand opening will be on family weekend.