By Talbert Toole
What began nearly three years ago as a renovation project for the Ole Miss community is finally at the finish line. The Ole Miss Student Union is officially open to the public.
The Student Union began construction in fall 2016 and was slated to open January 2019; however, the tedious renovation process delayed its opening.
The building was originally erected in 1976 and has almost doubled in size, making the space approximately 173,000 square feet.
The building now offers a variety of new spaces to the Ole Miss community.
The renovations include an extended student lounge, dedicated student organization spaces, new administrative offices and the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement, according to Bradley Baker, director of the Ole Miss Student Union.
In addition to the new student spaces and administrative offices, the Student Union houses a variety of restaurants for the community that include: Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, Qdoba, Which Wich and McAlister’s Deli.
For every Ole Miss fan, the Ole Miss Barnes & Noble is located inside the building. From textbooks to Ole Miss gear, the LOU community can find a variety of supplies in the store.
Also, a transit center is located on the lowest level of the Student Union, allowing students to wait for OUT buses in the air conditioning and out of the weather.
For more information on the Ole Miss Student Union, visit the building’s website.