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Sprucing up the SUB

Plans for the future SUB renovation

 

 

Photo courtesy of SFCC’s Interior Design Department

 

A​ ​big​ ​change​ ​is​ ​coming​ ​to​ ​SFCC’s​ ​Student​ ​Union​ ​Building​ ​in​ ​the​ ​near​ ​future.
The​ ​Student​ ​Union​ ​Building​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​busiest​ ​places​ ​on​ ​the​ ​SFCC​ ​campus.​ ​With​ ​other buildings​ ​around​ ​our​ ​school​ ​getting​ ​facelifts,​ ​the​ ​ASG,​ ​with​ ​the​ ​help​ ​of​ ​our​ ​campus​ ​President, Darren​ ​Pitcher,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​advisor​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Interior​ ​Design​ ​department,​ ​Tanja​ ​Huffman,​ ​have​ ​decided it’s​ ​time​ ​to​ ​make​ ​our​ ​Student​ ​Union​ ​Building​ ​a​ ​place​ ​that​ ​expresses​ ​our​ ​campus​ ​culture.
The​ ​decision​ ​of​ ​changing​ ​the​ ​Student​ ​Union​ ​Building​ ​has​ ​been​ ​on​ ​the​ ​back​ ​burner​ ​since​ ​2010, and​ ​now​ ​the​ ​idea​ ​is​ ​back​ ​and​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​freshen​ ​up​ ​student​ ​life.
The​ ​beginning​ ​of​ ​construction​ ​could​ ​happen​ ​as​ ​soon​ ​as​ ​Summer​ ​2018,​ ​and​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​take anywhere​ ​from​ ​1​ ​month​ ​to​ ​1​ ​year​ ​to​ ​complete.
“This​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​complete​ ​aesthetic​ ​change,”​ ​said​ ​Huffman.​ ​“There​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​an architectural​ ​change,​ ​new​ ​lights​ ​and​ ​furniture,​ ​and​ ​more​ ​areas​ ​to​ ​do​ ​things​ ​like​ ​homework.”
“The​ ​biggest​ ​thing​ ​about​ ​the​ ​renovation,​ ​is​ ​that​ ​someone​ ​needs​ ​to​ ​take​ ​the​ ​first​ ​step​ ​in​ ​actually going​ ​through​ ​with​ ​it.”
SFCC’s​ ​president,​ ​Darren​ ​Pitcher,​ ​also​ ​had​ ​some​ ​words​ ​about​ ​the​ ​future​ ​renovation​ ​and​ ​what kind​ ​of​ ​things​ ​students​ ​and​ ​faculty​ ​could​ ​expect.
“Students​ ​have​ ​a​ ​voice,”​ ​said​ ​Pitcher.​ ​“It​ ​has​ ​been​ ​3-4​ ​years​ ​in​ ​the​ ​making,​ ​and​ ​it’s​ ​time​ ​to​ ​go through​ ​with​ ​it.”
The​ ​current​ ​lobby​ ​was​ ​designed​ ​before​ ​community​ ​learning,​ ​so​ ​Pitcher​ ​hopes​ ​that​ ​it​ ​will​ ​be more​ ​comfortable​ ​for​ ​students​ ​to​ ​work​ ​in​ ​groups​ ​and​ ​have​ ​a​ ​place​ ​to​ ​study.​ ​The​ ​new​ ​Student Union​ ​Building​ ​is​ ​expected​ ​to​ ​have​ ​mobile​ ​furniture,​ ​more​ ​places​ ​to​ ​study,​ ​and​ ​charging stations.
The​ ​Associated​ ​Student​ ​Government​ ​decided​ ​this​ ​should​ ​be​ ​brought​ ​back​ ​into​ ​progress.

Photo courtesy of SFCC’s Interior Design Department

“We​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​leave​ ​a​ ​legacy,”​ ​said​ ​Willow​ ​Zimmerman,​ ​President​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Associated​ ​Student Government.
Zimmerman​ ​is​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​see​ ​the​ ​final​ ​product​ ​of​ ​the​ ​renovation,​ ​and​ ​hopes​ ​that​ ​it​ ​modernizes our​ ​school​ ​and​ ​makes​ ​students​ ​and​ ​faculty​ ​proud​ ​of​ ​where​ ​they​ ​go​ ​to​ ​school​ ​or​ ​teach.
“This​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​facelift,​ ​not​ ​a​ ​structural​ ​change.”​ ​said​ ​Zimmerman.​ ​“There​ ​won’t​ ​be​ ​walls being​ ​torn​ ​down.”
Students​ ​and​ ​faculty​ ​interested​ ​in​ ​knowing​ ​what​ ​might​ ​happen,​ ​or​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​help​ ​with decisions​ ​with​ ​the​ ​renovation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Student​ ​Union​ ​Building​ ​can​ ​attend​ ​Senate​ ​Meetings​ ​every Thursday​ ​at​ ​1:30​ ​p.m.

Nothing​ ​has​ ​been​ ​completely​ ​decided​ ​yet,​ ​and​ ​as​ ​Darren​ ​Pitcher​ ​has​ ​said,​ ​“students​ ​do​ ​have voice​ ​in​ ​what​ ​happens​ ​at​ ​our​ ​school​ ​to​ ​make​ ​it​ ​better.”