Putting the fun in functional


Memorial Union, east entrance

Detours are essentially a thing of the past on the ground floor of ESU’s Memorial Union. An expansive, re-imagined Main Street greets students and campus visitors, relegating images of formerly cramped, dated surroundings to the past.

The Center for Student Involvement anchors Main Street, locating office space and meeting rooms for convenient access. On the lower level, the Office of International Education and Career Services offices greet students as they head up a flight of stairs to the Hornet’s Nest cafeteria.

ESU’s Admissions Office was scheduled to relocate to its new headquarters on the bottom and main floors of the Union in mid-May.

Construction work continues on the second floor meeting rooms, Skyline dining room, and Colonial Ballroom. “The good news is that all but one of our meeting rooms will be back and better by the end of May,” said Dave Hendricks, Memorial Union director. The ballroom will be completed in June, signaling the end of the 26-month renovation.

Outside the Union, landscaping work is framing the building. The clock that previously sat on the east side of the building has been relocated to Union Square. Meanwhile a bronze Corky sculpture memorializing John Blaufuss now greets visitors on the Union’s east side.


Take a look online

Lunch in the Hornets Nest cafeteriaIt’s easy to follow the progress of ESU’s Memorial Union renovation project. ESU’s YouTube page has a cache of video tours starting at the project’s beginning and continuing through recent weeks.

Students gather on Main StreetPhotos detailing the Union’s new look are also posted on a Facebook page, ESU Memorial Union: Renewal & RenoVision.