New space coming online at Memorial Union


On the main floor concourse, the Memorial Union Bookstore's entrance is seen below.Visitors touring construction at Emporia State University’s Memorial Union have plenty to “ooh” and “ahh” about these days. Details like the striking glass-fronted “front door” east entrance, the new look in Webb Hall and the wide-open spaces for Hornet Express and other functions have evolved from architect’s designs to bricks and mortar reality this winter.

“The project remains on schedule, although two issues will stagger some areas coming online,” reports Dave Hendricks, Memorial Union director. Webb Hall is expected to open in April, after backordered acoustic panel material is installed. Additionally, winter’s wet weather has created a quagmire at the building’s east entrance which will have to dry before sidewalks are poured for the new atrium entrance. That entrance is also set for an April opening.

A striking combination of coffered ceilings and attractive lighting draws visitors' eyes upward in the new Webb Hall.Other construction progress:

  • Hornet Express opened in its new location in late March.  Hendricks said visitors will notice an increase in menu variety and space in the popular student hangout.
  • The new Bookstore was stocked over Spring Break.
  • The former Lakeview Cafeteria space has been gutted prior to remodeling that will include a stairway to connect the space with the lower level so visitors will have easy access to the patio on Wooster Lake.

The Union’s Main Street area is next on the list for the contractors. Shortly after spring commencement, Main Street will be closed and the Health Center will permanently move to Morse Hall. The new dining center reopens for the Fall, 2011 semester, while the entire Main Street renovation will be finished early the following spring.