The UL Lafayette Student Union is undergoing a transformation many years in the making. A renovation project to upgrade the existing union began December 2012 and is planned to be complete by the end of 2014.
The goal is simple—to design a space that engages students on a daily basis. We are building a union meant to be the heart of campus, a space for students to meet, relax, eat, and enjoy.
In the meantime, please pardon the dust and spur your imagination! Spring of 2015 will be here before you know it and it will be well worth the wait!
Student Union construction update
Construction on the new University of Louisiana at Lafayette Student Union is unfolding on schedule, with work expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The renovation and expansion of the building, which began in late 2012, is about 55 percent finished, said Bill Crist, UL Lafayette’s director of Facilities Management. The project involves new construction and the renovation of University bookstore, the main ballroom and Bayou Bijou theater.
Once finished, the new facility will have about 178,000 square feet, or 55,000 square feet more than the former structure.
The new two-story building will be fronted with brick arches outside the main entrance, which faces McKinley Street. It will house Canebrake Cafeteria, meeting and conference rooms, offices, a post office and a coffee shop.
“The Student Union will again be the heartbeat of campus, an area that students and employees will gravitate to,” said Joey Pons, UL Lafayette’s director of Public Safety and Risk Management, who gave a tour of it recently.
The cafeteria will spread across most of the second floor. Diners will have a view of Cypress Lake through a bank of windows.
The expanded and renovated building will be farther from Cypress Lake than the original Union. A landscaped courtyard with seating will fill the intervening space.
The $39 million project is funded by students. About 10 years ago, the student body approved a $55 fee per semester that was dedicated to a new Student Union. In, 2005, they approved an additional $20 semester fee for it.