Embry-Riddle has contracted with Barton Malow Company to build the new student union, and signs of construction should be evident on campus in the next few weeks.
“A construction project this important to the Embry-Riddle community needs the best possible company to help make it a reality. That is why we are excited to be working with Barton Malow,” said Rodney Cruise, Vice President for Administration. “Together, we are creating a new center of campus life, both in location and purpose — a place that fosters scholarship, discovery, camaraderie and community involvement.”
Cruise added that site work and infrastructure preparation are complete with the next phase—building construction — beginning in late August/early September, with expected completion by August 2018.
With more than 150 projects on 50-plus campuses throughout the country, Barton Malow has helped define some of the finest college and university structures in the United States. The University of Florida, University of North Florida, Penn State, The Ohio State University, University of Notre Dame and Virginia Tech are some of the schools where Barton Malow projects have enhanced student and faculty life. They also expanded and constructed the redesigned Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach and built the new Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando.
“After recently completing the redevelopment of the Daytona International Speedway, we are thrilled to partner with Embry-Riddle on this iconic new student union,” said Len Moser, Barton Malow Vice President. “Embry-Riddle continues to excel in the academic fields of science, technology, security, engineering and aviation. We look forward to contributing to Embry-Riddle’s success by bringing this beautiful structure to life.”
Union to Represent Student, Campus Life
In the spring semester of 2005, the Student Government Association (SGA) made a historic decision to contribute, via student fees, to the construction of a student union that would rival any in the nation. As construction begins on this landmark project, student involvement has been a priority.
“The new student union will be the epicenter of campus life,” said Brian Gruzdis, President of Pi Kappa Alpha’s Lambda Mu Chapter and SGA Student Representative. “Bringing everything that the student body needs into one place will create a true focus for campus life. Study spaces, dining, socializing, student services and the SGA offices are built into the design. I look forward to seeing how this will help the SGA get more involved with students and more students involved in the SGA.”
An extensive and variety-filled food court, multiple seating areas, bookstore and access to student services will encompass much of the first floor. A reimagined Propellers with outside seating will border Legacy Walk. A multipurpose, major-event space will occupy the southwest side of the union’s first floor with seating for up to 900 people.
SGA and student organization offices will be located on the second floor, along with group study rooms, computer labs, the senate chamber, a great lounge, exhibit space and a Starbucks, plus access to an outdoor terrace.
The new, technology-rich library will take up the top two floors, with social areas, private study rooms, collaborative workspaces and plenty of computer terminals, both inside and outside the library.
“Students don’t live compartmentalized lives where learning happens in one place and living happens in another. By building an expansive environment that recognizes this fact, we can dramatically improve student outcomes,” said Karin Gollin, Executive Director of the student union. “Students will be able to do research, grab a meal, form a study group, hold a club meeting, gain professional experience or just relax and make new connections with other students. In this one place, they will have access to so many of the experiences they need to be successful.”
Upcoming Construction Milestones for the Academic Calendar Year Include:
- Fall 2016 – Start of construction
- Early Spring 2017 – Vertical construction begins
- Early Summer 2017 – Steel structure completed
- Summer 2017 – Skylights/roof completed
- Fall 2017 – Building shell completed/interior finish work begins
- Late Fall 2017 – Permanent power goes online/interior finish work continues
- Early Summer 2018 – Library, food court, cafes built out (Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Qdoba)
- Late Summer 2018 – Construction completed