Ferris requests feedback for new University Center furniture

Ferris is requesting feedback from students on what furniture they would like to see in the public and lounge spaces at the new University Center.

The new University Center will replace the Rankin Center. It will be under construction until December 2014.

On Sept. 24, new lounge furniture replaced the current furniture in the IRC connector for the campus community to review over the course of the next month. The University Center Lounge Furniture Expo officially began Sept. 30 and will run until Friday, Oct. 28.

Through Ferris’ Facebook and Twitter pages, students can discuss how they would use the furniture, how they envision the lounge spaces to function and what furniture best represents campus culture.

Ferris sophomore pre-pharmacy major Breann Baranski thinks the color is the best part.

“You can be secluded or sit with people, however you want,” Baranski said. “I think they should be put in [the University center]. They look really cool.”

According to Ferris’ website, the new University Center will serve as a modern architectural showpiece to recruit incoming students. It will provide a central meeting place for students to study, eat, socialize and attend registered student organization meetings. Additionaly, entertainment and retail services will be housed in the new building.

The entire campus community will be able to utilize the lounge spaces inside the University Center. The lounge spaces will offer public and private seating. Individual and group studying needs will be accommodated in the new furniture layout.

Ferris sophomore psychology and criminal justice major Madi Schell likes the modern feel to the furniture.

“I really do like them, but if they were made out of a different material I think I would like them better,” Schell said. “This material might be hard to clean and I can imagine that it will get dirty.”