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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Architects to talk, tweet with students about Reitz Union plans

The architects behind the Reitz Union renovations are going to bring students’ opinions to their drawing board.

Students can meet with the architects today from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Reitz Union first floor lobby. They were there at the same time Monday.

The architects will take student opinions into account and begin diagramming the expansions over the next month, said Roland Lemke, an architect with Cannon Design, which is working on the renovations.

Students can also tweet their opinions to @MakingItReitz.

The blueprints should be ready by January, Lemke said.

“This is when we’re really looking for the students’ voice to come out,” he said.

The architects will be back Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 to talk with students again and to share ideas students came up with this week, Lemke said.

“We have no preconceptions,” he said. “There’s nothing drawn.”

Poster boards will be available today for students to explain what they want for the expansion and renovations, which are scheduled to be done by the 2015 school year.

“Quiet space for small groups to study — with outlets!” one student wrote.

“Renovate the game room!” wrote another.

Tourism and hospitality management sophomore Katie Sbrocco, 19, stopped by Monday to chat with the architects.

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She usually only comes to eat at the food court, she said. She hopes the renovations will make her want to spend more time at the Reitz Union.

“We don’t really hang out here,” Sbrocco said. “It’s not a place to study.”

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