EUGENE, Ore. – On campus you may have noticed bulldozers, fenced off areas, and men wearing bright orange vests with hard hats. That is because the EMU is beginning to undergo a major makeover.
After over fifty years, the EMU has endured a heavy amount of use, now facing much greater demands as a future facility of the University of Oregon. With the new renovation, a few perks that students have to look forward to are an increased amount of space, new food services, and even a campus pub.
Kelsey Bradshaw says, “I think it’s great that the university is renovating a building that is so essential to student and community life.”
Students and community members indeed will be able to enjoy this social center as they can assemble in larger conference rooms and gathering areas, these new aspects are important for generating ideas and discussions in this new encompassing three-story atrium.
“As an architecture major, I think EMU renovations are greatly needed,” says Neda Fattahi.
With a new design, architects have not let sustainable practices slip through the cracks. Shooting for a platinum rating from LEED, the new EMU will certainly receive a gold rating with innovations such as recycled heat from the furnace, an edible garden, and more efficient use of daylight.
Accommodating the transformation, University of Oregon’s MacArthur Court will be utilized as a facility to house the various institutions that make up the EMU until construction is complete by the fall of 2016.