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New student union takes top priority at NCCU
« on: March 01, 2011, 12:38:19 AM »
New student union takes top priority at NCCU
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The Herald Sun 02.28.11 - 11:47 pm



  
By Neil Offen
noffen@heraldsun.com; 419-6646

DURHAM -- They have the plans. They have the location. All they need is the money.

Administrators at N.C. Central University have placed construction of a new student union at the top of the university's priority list, the Capital Improvements Projects Plan.

The plan, which details NCCU building projects for the next six years, calls for nearly $57 million needed to construct a new 150,000-square-foot facility to replace the current Alphonso Elder Student Union.

But given the state's current fiscal struggles, "getting that money this year is very unlikely," acknowledged Zack Abegunrin, the associate vice chancellor for facilities management at NCCU. "Getting money for any capital projects is very unlikely this year."

But, Abegunrin added, "we wanted to be ready when the money does arrive. We could really use a new union and we hope to be able to start on it within the next two or three years."

As the Capital Improvements Project Plan points out, the current building -- a dowdy, low-slung, white and beige structure at the corner of Fayetteville and Nelson streets -- has only 39,575 square feet of space and is "grossly inadequate to meet current student needs or to accommodate future growth."

Built in 1962, the union last had a major renovation in 1992. Complaints about its inadequacy have grown over the last few years.

"What we have now is too small. It's just not big enough for us anymore," said Dwayne Johnson, the NCCU Student Government Association president, who last year petitioned the school's Board of Trustees to support a new building. "We really need a new union."

The new building, according to the plans, would be built across Nelson Street, where there's now a parking lot, and would include a large, multi-use gathering space, medium-sized conference rooms, administrative offices for student union operations and office space for student organizations. It also would have public computer stations, game rooms and food service.

Adjoining the union would be a parking facility for 300 cars, which would be particularly useful for those attending events at the building.

"This really is a priority," Abegunrin said. "The [UNC system] Board of Governors has approved the idea. We just need the funding to do it."

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Re: New student union takes top priority at NCCU
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2011, 09:51:19 AM »

NCCU celebrates student union makeover



NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms dances to the beat of Chuck Davis' (left) African-American Dance Ensemble during a celebration Tuesday of the expansion and makeover of the university's Alfonso Elder Student Union.



By Neil Offen
The Herald-Sun


DURHAM -- Chuck Davis got N.C. Central University Chancellor Charlie Nelms and County Commissioner Michael Page up on the stage, shimmying and shaking to a heavy drum beat.

A couple of hundred people -- students, faculty, administrators, alumni, local officials and university friends -- rose from their cloth-covered tables and enthusiastically clapped along.

It was, clearly, a time for celebrating

According to the program, Tuesday morning was a time for celebrating NCCU's Alfonso Elder Student Union, which has seen a significant makeover and expansion in recent months. But in fact, as several speakers noted, the celebration was not for the building itself, but for the spirit it has engendered and hopes to continue to stimulate.

"I have never, ever been to a union with as much spirit and life as this little place here," Nelms said. "This is more than a structure. This is more than a building. This is more than a respite, more than a place to get your pizza or meet your significant other or get a pedicure.

"This is a platform for the development of character. It's a place where you form bonds, where you make friendships that will last for a lifetime."

For Maria Lumpkin, the new director of the student union, Tuesday's event -- "Giving Voice: A Celebration of Student Leadership and Campus Life" -- was an opportunity to showcase the improvements at the 42-year-old building.

There's now a "leadership library," a refurbished barbershop and new spa, a leadership development and training office, new artwork, international flags hanging through the main hall -- honoring the places of birth of NCCU students -- and a reflections mirror.

On the large mirror, the student government each week posts a provocative question, and hopes students will respond. The question on the mirror Tuesday was "Should homosexuals be allowed to serve in the military?" and there were dozens of answers in response to it.

There also have been many cosmetic improvements to the building, including paint touch-ups and glittering new silver chandeliers.

But Lumpkin was perhaps most proud of the new, enlarged stage on the main level, where Davis and his African-American Dance Ensemble performed.


"It's a place where extraordinary ideas are born," she said. "It's a place where everyone can feel the energy of what an active, energized student union can be. I'm so excited that everyone's excited."

Lumpkin acknowledged that the small building still lacks some amenities she would like to have.

"I want a ballroom and a skating rink and a movie theater," she said. "But even with all that, if it lacks the voice of students, it's just a building."

Nelms responded that ultimately the university would get those amenities. Even without them, though, he said, the union is part of a student's education. "Education is more than a collection of courses," he said.

Thurman Prescott Jr., the first director of the student union, who worked at NCCU for 35 years before retiring, looked around at the spiffy new digs.

"The union's in good hands," he said. "I know we're going to do great things here. I smell what's cooking here and it's good stuff."

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Re: New student union takes top priority at NCCU
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2011, 09:55:37 AM »
June 26, 2010


Student union 'too small' for today's Eagles
Students want a bigger one to match 2010 needs

By Neil Offen
Herald-Sun

DURHAM -- Students at N.C. Central University want a new student union.

"What we have now is too small. It's just not big enough for us anymore, not in the year 2010," said Dwayne Johnson, the NCCU Student Government Association president. "We really need a new union."

The current Alfonso Elder Student Union was built in 1968 and last renovated in 1992. A dowdy, low-slung, white and beige building at the corner of Fayetteville and Nelson streets, it has one main floor, a lower level and a total of 39,575 square feet.

That's not nearly enough, Johnson says.

"We have about 130 student organizations now, and there are about seven to nine rooms available in the union," he explained. "There's not enough place for everybody to meet. And there's nowhere to hold events or to just hang out with friends. The place is just too small."

The main floor of the union has a few offices -- including a warren of cubicles for student government -- off the central lounge area. The main floor also has a small stage at one end and couches and armchairs scattered throughout.

On the lower level, there's a bookstore, a post office, a game room, a small snack bar, a billiards room and even a small meditation room. An annex with bowling lanes, built more than 40 years ago, adds another 5,800 square feet.

Johnson made a pitch to the university Board of Trustees recently asking for their support for funding for a new facility. He pointed out, as well, that a number of other schools in the UNC system have new or recently renovated student unions, including UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Charlotte.

"We need the money for a new student union," Johnson told the board. "We need to get that funding and whether we have to advocate with you guys or with the legislature, we'll do that. We'll do whatever it takes."

The members of the board of trustees nodded sympathetically, but some members also laughed and sighed a bit, communicating how unlikely it is at this time for the university to get extra funding for a capital project during a period of significant economic difficulty for the state and the UNC system.

And NCCU already has under way on campus more than $100 million in capital projects, including construction of a massive parking deck, a new residence hall and a new nursing school building.

Johnson said he understood that the push for a new student union is unlikely to bear fruit in the immediate future.

"But I think we can begin to make progress," he said. "We need to get people talking about this. We need to set the groundwork. Whether this takes five years or 10 years, we need to get this started."

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Re: New student union takes top priority at NCCU
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2011, 10:05:30 AM »
NC State University
Talley Student Center

http://web.ncsu.edu/campusenterprises/talley/index.html

The existing Talley Student Center was constructed in 1972 when the NC State student population was 14,000. Thirty-eight years later, NC State boasts 33,000 students with no signs of slowing enrollment.

For today's students, academic success requires access to tools, technologies and infrastructure that did not exist three decades ago. Needs have changed; so must the facility.

Upon its completion in 2008, the Student Life Master Plan kicked off the University’s plan to renovate and expand the student center. Groundbreaking for a multi-phased construction project will begin in late 2011 with construction slated for completion in 2014.

The Talley Student Center project, estimated at $120 million, will be funded through a combination of student fees and auxiliary service contributions. The approved student fee, (like the building project), is phased over the next few years and is capped at $290 which translates to eight cents per day. A fundraising campaign is also under development.

NC State University selected Durham, NC-based Duda/Paine Architects, LLP, as lead design firm for the project.











DATES CONSTRUCTION PLANS
Early 2011
Temporary bookstore is constructed on ground level of Harrelson Hall.

Mid 2011
Temporary bookstore completed.
Bookstore moves in and vacates old building.
Old bookstore is abated and demolished.
Construction of site utilities begins.
 
Early 2012
Talley Phase I (Addition) construction begins.

Late 2013
Talley Phase I (Addition) construction is completed. Tenants move in.

Talley Phase II (Renovation) abatement, selective demolition and construction begins.
 
Late 2014
Talley renovation is completed; tenants move in, and section is put into service. Entire project is complete.
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Re: New student union takes top priority at NCCU
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2011, 10:26:14 AM »
Bonnie E. Cone University Center/Student Union| UNC Charlotte


The Cone University Center was completed in 1962. By the time the first addition was finished in 1976 the student population had increased to 8,290.

In 1997, it was originally decided that the Cone University Center would undergo an extensive renovation.

In 2001, the student body had significantly outgrown the Cone University Center and with enrollment exceeding 18,000 (and growing), there was an obvious need for a larger, more accessible, and student friendly Student Union.

After debate, the decision was made to build a new student union.  In 2003, The FWA Group, a North Carolina based firm, partnering with Sasaki Associates was selected to design the new Student Union.

On April 18, 2007 the pavement breaking ceremony took place and construction was underway.

In August 2009, when the 196,000 square foot Student Union opened, the population was over 24,000 students.

Expected 2020 enrollment is 35,000 students.

The university system uses each campus' 6-year plan to develop its capital funding requests for the General Assembly, which approves appropriations for most projects. The plans are revised every 2 years.


Bonnie E. Cone University Center
In 1973, the student union building was named the Bonnie E. Cone University Center





The Student Union officially opens to the university on August 24, 2009
$65 million, 200,000-square-foot student union was financed through student fees and bookstore revenue.



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Re: New student union takes top priority at NCCU
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2011, 10:31:53 AM »
I don't think state funds can be used for a student union? With that said, considering NCCU's foray into DI, and the need to upgrade athletic facilities,   I 'm not sure if the university would have the appetite  to tax the students more to fund such a facility.

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Re: New student union takes top priority at NCCU
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2011, 10:42:43 AM »
^^^^^^
Why do you think the state does not fund building a student union facility?  The student union building has nothing to do with athletics.

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Re: New student union takes top priority at NCCU
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2011, 10:42:44 AM »
Plemmons Student Union | Appalachian State University
ASU's Plemmons Student Union is currently under a 50,560 sf expansion and will be complete around December, 2012.


The Center for Student Excellence addition to the Student Union will encompass 52,500 square feet of additional meeting, gathering and office space on four floors.   The new addition will be built to LEED Gold standards.

The Center for Student Excellence part of the project will cost $20 million, and is totally student fee funded, and will not receive any state tax or tuition dollars.  The facility will house six university departments devoted to student growth and development and offering value added learning experiences for students.

They include the ACT offices and ACT Community Outreach Center, the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, Multi-Cultural Student Development, International Education and Development, Office of Student Research, Dean of Students, Family and Parent Programs and the Office of Student Conduct.   The facility will also include large open commons areas for study and student interaction on each floor, and 11 meeting and conference rooms, including a large multi-purpose ballroom on the fourth floor overlooking campus.  



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Re: New student union takes top priority at NCCU
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2011, 10:53:24 AM »
Herbert and Sylvia Fisher Student Center | UNC Wilmington

The new Herbert and Sylvia Fisher Student Center is named in honor of alumni Herbert and Sylvia Fisher, who established a $2 million endowed fund in May 2006 to maintain the center and support its programs.

The new 62,776 sq. ft. building is located adjacent to the Fisher University Union, Burney Student Support Center, Warwick Center and Westside Hall, creating a student services area in the heart of campus.

Groundbreaking for the Herbert and Sylvia Fisher Student Center occurred on August 18, 2004, and two years later on August 24, 2006, UNCW celebrated the grand opening of the Herbert and Sylvia Fisher Student Center. The two-story, center includes a 350 seat, big screen, movie theatre (the Lumina Theatre), a two-story bookstore, a new game room, and a new Varsity Café which features decor and memorabilia from the original Varsity Café.

 The new building is connected to the Fisher University Union by covered colonnades and is located between the old Union and Westside Hall.

The project cost a total of $31 million and was funded by student fees.








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Re: New student union takes top priority at NCCU
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2011, 11:02:25 AM »
^^^^^^
Why do you think the state does not fund building a student union facility?  The student union building has nothing to do with athletics.

The UNC system only funds academic buildings. No dorms, no athletic facilities, no student centers. Now there have been some cases where colleges skirted the rules by including classrooms in such facilities.  The state legislators can also give you special funding outside of the UNC budget to fund certain things. If I recall, this is the way the RBC Center was financed. It was a deal between NCSU, Raleigh and  the state.  
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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2011, 11:14:59 AM »
Capelr,

Are you certain that student union facilities are included in that?  The RBC Center is solely for athletics whereas the student union bldg would have multifunctional uses. 

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Re: New student union takes top priority at NCCU
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2011, 11:21:25 AM »
Mendenhall Student Center | East Carolina University
The current building was built in 1974 as the Student Union Building.

In 1989 and 1990 a 30,000 square foot addition costing $4 million was added.
1993 - Renovation to the snack bar "The Spot"
1997 - Updated and remodeled the Dining Center
1998 - Expanded computer lab
2000 - Replaced carpet, wall coverings, and furnishings in the Underground and the Cynthia Lounge

ECU began a $35 million renovation and expansion of Mendenhall Student Center and the adjacent Ledonia Wright Cultural Center in 2007 to have been completed in 2010.


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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2011, 11:27:00 AM »
Walter N. & Henrietta B. Ridley Student Complex | Elizabeth City State University


In 2005 new 33,500-square-foot student complex opened. It offers student lounges, a small food service area with seating, bookstore, and orientation area. The second floor houses meeting rooms, an auditorium, study lounge, and administrative offices. A large central terrace south of the center is treated as the ECSU "town square," replete with space for outdoor student activities.



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Re: New student union takes top priority at NCCU
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2011, 11:40:54 AM »
Capelr,

Are you certain that student union facilities are included in that?  The RBC Center is solely for athletics whereas the student union bldg would have multifunctional uses. 



Almost certain. Modern student facilities tend not include academic space. I suspect there was a time when schools with smaller enrollments  tried to do a combo multifunctional building. But I guess there are so many needs for student support services, it would be impracticable to include classrooms. Some colleges will include classrooms for the PE department in order to secure some gym funding. I don't know how the state calculates that, you may get a prorated amount that pay for only those rooms?   

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« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2011, 01:49:08 PM »
Almost certain. Modern student facilities tend not include academic space. I suspect there was a time when schools with smaller enrollments  tried to do a combo multifunctional building. But I guess there are so many needs for student support services, it would be impracticable to include classrooms. Some colleges will include classrooms for the PE department in order to secure some gym funding. I don't know how the state calculates that, you may get a prorated amount that pay for only those rooms?   

From looking at all the student centers in that system they were paid for with student fees.

 

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