It’s January and the Ferris community knows what that means- not just the beginning of the spring semester, but that the University Center renovation is almost complete.
Students on campus are looking forward to utilizing the University Center this semester, including Junior and Mechanical Engineering major Kyle Curtis. “It looks pretty nice,” said Curtis, who agreed that the renovation lived up to the hype.
The newly revamped building’s first floor includes a full-sized Starbucks, a Student Technology Services store, a spacious atrium complete with comfy chairs and a large fireplace, numerous meeting rooms, the CLACS office and the First Lady’s Attic, where professional and business attire can be acquired for students who may not have any on hand.
The first floor also contains the Barnes and Noble bookstore with two levels of merchandise: the main level including lots of spirit gear, snacks, supplies and accessories, with the main textbook area down a staircase on the ground floor.
On the second floor, one can find the new Quad Cafe. It contains lots of new dining options, including the same all-you-care-to-eat Marche style dining. The eight stations to choose from include the Riverside Grill, Brickworks Pizza, Pastabilities, the Breakfast Skillet, World Fusion, Sweet Obsessions, Helen’s Garden and the Dawghouse Deli.
The Quad Café also includes an Ala Carte portion where you can dine in or take out with five options, including the Bulldog Pizzeria, the Grill Pit, Freshens, Su Casa Mexican Grill and Jump Asian Express.
Also on the second floor is an information desk, event spaces, the catering office, an art gallery, the Founder’s Room, another smaller atrium.
The official grand opening of the University Center will be on Friday, January 16 at 9 p.m. lasting until 2 a.m., according to the University Calendar, which will include free food, giveaways and activities for attendees.