August 21, 2000

Departments to move into offices in Millennium Student Center in October

by Josh Renaud
staff editor

Several University departments received an unwelcome surprise this July. They were packed and ready to move into their offices in the Millennium Student Center when the news came: the move had been delayed until October.

Because the student center wasn't going to be complete in July, the University had planned to move only certain departments, explained Bob Samples, director of University Communications.

Chancellor Blanche Touhill met with the directors of those different departments as they got closer to the moving date, Samples said, and it became obvious much of the building wasn't going to be complete.

"It was felt that by moving some of the units and not moving others, we might confuse students in the enrollment process more than we do now," Samples said.

Various departments and offices, like the University Bookstore, the Office of the Registrar, and the Financial Aid Office had packed most of their supplies so they could move. After the surprise announcement, they were forced to unpack and prepare to serve students from their old locations.

The student center has taken longer than expected to be completed because of late changes to the design schematics and a shortage of electricians and pipefitters, said Tom Royster, senior construction project manager.

"When these additional design requirements came up, that set everybody back," Royster said. "A lot of the shelving that was ordered need lighting, so then we had to provide electrical systems. There was so much stuff like that, that it started delaying the regular contract work because we were doing so much extra work."

Students will have a lot to look forward to when the student center is completed, said Sam Darandari, director of campus planning and construction.

"This is one of the most interesting and technologically up-to-date buildings on campus," Darandari said. "It's going to be a jewel."

This article was reprinted with permission from The Current.

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