Student Lounge Renovation Update

Renovation, Transformation

February 22, 2011

Renovation of new student lounge and recreation areas in Seymour Union began in December 2010 and is planned for completion by spring 2011. Plans call for two areas -- a lounge/study/meeting space, and a gaming space. We'll update this page as the project moves through the finishing stages. Demolition and construction are shown below, with a few archival photos from the last century at the bottom of the page.

February 22 Update:

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Painting has begun in the lounge-meeting area.

February 11 Update:

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Above, drywall takes shape between the gaming room to the left, and lounge-meeting room to the right. Below, left, paper plans hang on a railing, guiding construction of the curved gaming stations along the wall; at right, a computer screen provides a graphic display for construction workers checking angles.

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January 28 Update:

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Above, framing in the window between the gaming area to left, and lounge-meeting area to the right. Below, left, measuring for installation of sprinkler system in the proposed lounge-meeting area once occupied by bowling lanes, shown below right in the 1960s.

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January 21 Update:

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Above, electrical work in the games room section; below, new lounge area entryway takes shape in the south-facing wall of windows -- which will be replaced with energy-saving glass.

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Student Lounge Renovation

 Above, in the lounge area, Dan Marty, Knox College Maintenance Director, talks with a worker from Hoerr Construction who, below left, hammers out a new opening in the wall between the two lower-level spaces in Seymour Union.

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Above: Making the first cut in the wall between the two rooms. The opening is in the left section of the wall shown below.

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Student opinion sought: Below, Jil Gates, assistant director of campus life, second from left, shows drawings and collects surveys in January from students on the kinds of games and furnishings they want to see in the new lounge and gaming areas.

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Student Lounge Renovation

Before: Below, lounge area with pool tables, from fall term 2010 -- they'll be back, but better.
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More from Before: Above left, a fall 2010 roller skating party in the area that once housed a 1960s-era bowling alley, above right. Below left, the former lounge area, circa 1996; below right, the same location during construction.

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