Upcoming BDSC renovations may alter access

Dec. 12, 2012

As the fall 2012 semester closes, the Bill Daniel Student Center will begin the first phase to add a new larger elevator and renovate the beloved bowling alley.

Matt Burchett, director of student activities, and the BDSC staff are excited about the bowling alley renovations and that the new elevator will provide access to all floors of the building. The goal is to keep the building as open as possible during all phases of the construction, with the overall project scheduled to be completed by June.

Burchett noted that construction will bring a few challenges.

"We are working to notify all groups that already have events scheduled in the BDSC. Construction usually means noise and extra dust," he said. "In order to install the new elevator, the current elevator will need to be taken offline, which means access will be limited for some patrons. It is a short-term challenge that will provide a long-term benefit for everyone using the BDSC."

The BDSC staff encourages groups to consider their participants and make plans accordingly. "We want to be sure they are aware of the construction and to help them as much as we can," Burchett said.

Construction of the BDSC began in 1940, halted during World War II and finished in 1948. The building contains meeting rooms, food court, mailroom, ticket office and offices for many groups associated with student activities. The bowling alley was added in the early 1960s.

"These renovations will greatly enhance the student center," said Jordy Dickey, assistant director of student union. "This building is vital to student life on campus. We hear so many stories from those who worked in the bowling alley, Chamber or ticket office and about couples who met in this building, some in the bowling alley. The renovations will help this building continue to serve as a meaningful place to our students."

For more information, contact Dickey at (254) 710-6291.