August 20, 2013
The Circus Room in the Bone Student Center has undergone big changes. See what’s new at a 2 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony today.
The room received a complete makeover, in part to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. According to Vice President of Student Affairs Larry Dietz, changes were due for the room, originally constructed in 1973.
“The Circus Room’s former two-level structure caused service and accessibility challenges for years,” he said. “The Bone Student Center and its staff have been serving Illinois State University and its visitors for nearly 40 years. As the facility ages and service needs change, it is time for renovation.”
The renovations included removing the wooden railing and filling in the sunken floor with gravel to create one level. Concrete was poured over the floor, which was then stained. Carpet now surrounds the edge of the floor.
“We had a very aggressive timeline and the contractors did an amazing job meeting our deadline, while still working around current events and conferences in the building,” said Associate Director of the Bone Student Center Barb Dallinger, who noted demolition started on July 10 and the room was finished by Aug. 8.
The renovation is part of an ongoing effort to update the Bone Student Center. Work on the roof and elevator was also done this summer.
Work on the Bone will continue. Earlier this year, Illinois State’s Board of Trustees approved a request to hire a firm to design the first step in a multi-phased renovation of the facility. “We are excited about the completed renovations and the more extensive renovations to come after the planning is completed,” said Dietz.
For more information, contact Dallinger at 438-8540.
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