Florida State set to build new student union

Posted at 5:37 PM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-08 13:19:25-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida State plans to build a brand new student union.

Florida State's Oglesby Union was originally built in the 1950's and has been in need of a face lift.

Plans are underway for the new and improved Oglesby Union. Florida state university plans to start demolition in phases after spring commencement.

According to Matthew Ducatt, director of Oglesby Union, the university is in the schematic design stage.

After a year-long series of meetings and workshops, the university has determined what will be added and what will be in the renovated portion of the existing union.

The current lay-out is a series of buildings connected by breeze ways. The new 3 story facility will be a continuous building with a student life center, campus bookstore, and modern food venues.

"All of that together, along with Art Center, Crenshaw Lanes, Club Downunder, all of the great things that we have, will really create a student center," said Ducatt.

There will be an expansion in square footage, and Ducatt stresses that the design will encompass Florida State's campus, while adding a modern facility with hurricane-proof windows looking out over outdoor green spaces.

Moore auditorium and a portion of Davis will be renovated, but approximately 75 percent of the current structure will be torn down by summer.

The budget is $120 million and Ajax Construction was hired for the project. The university is planning for the grand opening of the new union to be in fall of 2020.