The renovated Memorial Student Center reopened in January and was rededicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 18. After one semester, it’s receiving two thumbs up.
“I was amazed at how quickly the students made the Memorial Student Center their home again,” said Krista Proksch, student center involvement coordinator. “Within hours of opening it seemed as though the lounge space was filled with students who were so happy to be back in their building, which is now better than ever.
“It’s refreshing to see the students enjoying every bit of space and knowing that their money was well spent,” Proksch said.
The grand reopening included presentations by Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen; Neal Peterson, president of the Stout Student Association; Shirley Klebesadel, director of Physical Plant; and Darrin Witucki, MSC director.
The $19 million project included more and better lounge and meeting space in the 26-year-old facility, as well as new and innovative dining options. The bookstore was relocated to the front of the building.
Expanded east and west entryways feature two-story glass panels. An open staircase overlooks the east entry toward Jarvis Hall. A new outdoor amphitheater frames the east entry.
“The most surprising aspect of the new MSC is the many lounge areas available to everyone,” said Karen Lund, interim assistant director of Operations and Services. “With the remodeling, the building has been opened up.”
A focus on sustainability was central to the renovation. Ceramic tile in the bathrooms is 99 percent recycled. The wood floor in the Terrace Café is 100 percent reclaimed lumber. Table tops, wall and ceiling treatments in first-floor booths and benches throughout are made with wood from the former bowling lanes. Restroom partitions and countertops are 100 percent recycled. Energy-efficient lights and hand-dryers were used throughout. Even the waste recycling stations were made from recycled milk cartons.
To see a related video, go to http://tinyurl.com/7999mdl. To see a student center slideshow, go to http://tinyurl.com/78dpmhu.
Students relax at a fireplace lounge at the Terrace in the renovated Memorial Student Center.

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