The second phase of the University of Tennessee’s new Student Union is set to open this week ahead of students and staff returning to campus from winter break.
The 395,088 square-foot-building is the largest project in the history of the university and took six years to complete.
The complex will serve as a central location for many of the offices that serve students on a daily basis like the Center for Student Engagement, Student Government Association and the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life.
It will also have a student recreation area featuring video gaming, billiards, table tennis as well as a small event space. An art gallery of student work and traveling exhibits will also be displayed in the Student Union.
“The Student Union is not just a building. We want this to be a place for people to come and hang out with friends. I see this space as a home away from home for students,” said Ian Crone, director of the Student Union. “This space really serves as a crossroad between their classes and heading back to their residence hall or off-campus housing.”
The new building will also feature a Steak ‘n Shake and a Rising Roll restaurant for students and staff to enjoy.