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- The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees approved a reduction in square footage for the student union and recreation center on the Russellville campus, resulting in cost savings of $3.7 million.
- The decision to reduce the building’s size was based on input from various stakeholders, including the ATU Student Government Association and students, to prioritize meeting space, outdoor recreational activities, and esports in the revised plan.
- The new plan represents a collaborative effort between university administrators and students to balance student needs with fiscal responsibility, ensuring that funds can be redirected towards much-needed renovations and maintenance elsewhere on campus.
The University Board of Trustees has officially given the green light to the new and improved plan for a Student Union and Recreation Center on campus. After months of discussion and revisions, the board unanimously approved the ambitious project, which is set to enhance the student experience for years to come.
The new plan includes state-of-the-art facilities for student organizations, dining areas, study spaces, and recreational amenities. The Student Union will feature modern meeting rooms, event spaces, and a welcoming lounge area, while the Recreation Center will offer upgraded fitness equipment, indoor and outdoor courts, and a larger swimming pool.
University officials and student leaders have expressed their excitement and gratitude for the approval of the plan. “This is a monumental moment for our campus community,” said the University President. “The new Student Union and Recreation Center will be a hub for student engagement, wellness, and social activities, creating a vibrant and dynamic environment for our students to thrive.”
The project is expected to break ground in the coming months and be completed within the next two years. The university is committed to ensuring minimal disruption to student activities during the construction phase and will provide alternative arrangements for any affected facilities.
The new and improved Student Union and Recreation Center plan is a testament to the university’s dedication to providing a top-tier educational experience for its students. With the board’s approval, the university is now one step closer to realizing this vision and taking the campus experience to the next level.