October 4, 2004 Vol. IX, No. 4

Completion of the first phase of renovation for the University Student Union (USU) will be celebrated on October 27. Above, the USU as it will appear when complete.

First Phase of USU Renovation Crosses the Finish Line

Campus Community Invited to 'Fiesta del Sol,' University Student Union's Festive Grand Re-Opening

Completion of the $17.2 million University Student Union renovation project's first phase will be celebrated with a festive "grand re-opening" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 57 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, throughout the USU facilities.

Called "Fiesta del Sol," the event will introduce the CSUN community to the elements of the $7.3 million first phase, including the new Pub Sports Grill, the new and improved Subway sandwich shop, the Associated Students ticket office, new restroom facilities and the new entrance to the Performing Arts Center. A full-service Wells Fargo bank is slated to come on board later in the semester.

Celebrants also can visit new and/or relocated vendors and stop by existing departments such as the Matador Involvement Center, the Associated Students and Student Development and International Programs, as well as USU services including the Games Room, the Design Factory and administrative offices.

"The renovation of the Pub and the addition of the new retail spaces and outdoor seating will really add to the development of 'community' on campus," said USU Executive Director Debra Hammond. Phase one involves more than 25,000 square feet of renovated and new construction, Hammond noted, completed on time and within budget.

CSUN bands and local bands will make music in the Plaza del Sol (formerly the Court of Community), and a deejay will entertain crowds in the Pub Sports Grill. Free food, giveaways and activities will be provided at various USU locations.

USU officials said the 28,000 square foot second phase of renovation will begin on or about November 1, with completion set for late fall 2005. It will include a three-story illuminated tower, lit from within by the "borrowed light" of the interior complex's glazed screening.

By the end of phase two, the USU also will have added a new coffee house with a small stage for poetry readings, a state-of-the-art computer lab with up to 60 work stations, new lounges and study spaces, new meeting rooms, club and organization offices and a new outdoor performance plaza that will hold up to 1,000 people.

Funds for the renovated USU were authorized by Northridge students, who voted in a 2000 referendum to increase their student fees by $35 per semester. For more information, visit the USU Web site at usu.csun.edu or call (818) 677-2491.

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