Demolition has begun on a portion of the University Union at Sacramento State as part of an expansion and renovation of the building where students hang out, meetings are held and assignments are hurriedly completed before class.
Sacramento State plans to spend $53 million in student fees, reserves and other revenues on the University Union project. Construction will add 42,000 square feet to the 183,000-square-foot building, providing additional conference rooms, retail space, a Starbucks, study lounges and more indoor and outdoor seating.
Construction on the three-story addition to the north side of the building is expected to be complete by August 2018.
Growing enrollment has strained the capacity of the University Union. Students sit in hallways or perch on steps in a stairwell to eat lunch or type papers, according to University Union managers.
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The building houses study areas, food services, meeting spaces and program offices.
Some campus organizations have temporarily moved elsewhere on campus during the renovation. That includes the State Hornet student-run newspaper, which initially was told to relocate south of Highway 50 before landing space in Del Norte Hall.
The architect for the University Union project is Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture. McCarthy Building Companies is the contractor.