Construction has officially begun on the University Center expansion and students are wondering how the work will affect them.
John Signorello, associate vice president of Facilities Engineering and Business Affairs, said the expansion will add “a new seating area onto the existing Pirate Dining Room to accommodate students with meal plans. The construction will also be renovating the kitchen, serving areas and dining room,” Signorello said in an email interview.
Actual work on the University Center is scheduled to begin in March and will be completed by October 2017, Signorello said. The kitchen renovation will be completed over summer 2017 and the dining room renovation will be completed over summer 2018, he added.
When asked how much noise the work will make in the cafeteria, at the Arts and Sciences building or near the Fahy Hall pedestrian gate, Signorello responded that “the work will be facing South Orange Avenue and will take place primarily during the summer months.”
Samantha Rendine, a sophomore elementary and special education and art major, expressed her feelings about the construction. Dorming at Xavier Hall, she walks to the Martin House building off campus through the South Orange Avenue pedestrian gate by Fahy for her sculpture class each week.
“I find not being able to walk through the Fahy Gate to be annoying because I not only cross the Main Street (crosswalk leading to 535 South Orange Ave.) to get to the building (Martin House), but I now have to cross the Seton Hall (main) exit to get to class too,” Rendine said.
Blair Goldstein, a sophomore criminal justice major, finds positives in the situation but also considers the amount of time that it will take to complete the construction to be troubling.
“I realize that things like the carpets in the Living Room and the sound system in the Chancellor’s Suite should be improved, but my dorm at Xavier Hall is right near the U-Center so I’ll be hearing a lot of noise when the construction goes on,” Goldstein said. “I find that the amount of time that the construction is supposed to take will be annoying for students.”
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