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Center for Student Engagement Construction Project

The creation of new administrative space for DePauw's Center for Student Engagement, which will be located in the Memorial Student Union Building, will take place in two phases

Project overview

With the support of a gift from Al and Kathy '74 Hubbard, DePauw's Memorial Student Union Building will be renovated to provide a new home for the Kathryn F. Hubbard Center for Student Engagement. The new Center will be one of the first of its kind at a leading national liberal arts college and represents the University’s fundamental commitment to ensuring that every student is advised and supported in each of the three primary components of their student experience: academic life, student life and cocurricular life.  

It will serve as a centralized home for strengthened and comprehensive student advising for off-campus study, internships, Winter Term programs, career planning, and preprofessional and graduate school preparation.

Because renovations to the Union Building must coincide with the construction of Hoover Dining Hall, enhancements to the Center's facilities will take place in two phases:

Phase one: temporary re-location to the lower level of the Union Building

With the re-location of the University bookstore (now Eli's Books) to Greencastle's courthouse square, the offices and administrative spaces for the Center for Student Engagement will temporarily move into lightly renovated space in the lower level of the Union Building.  The newly renovated office space, which previously housed the University bookstore, will make it possible for the entire staff of the Center to be truly co-located.

Planning for the renovation is underway with the expectation that the Center's staff will move into the new space in the first quarter of 2014.

Phase two: comprehensive renovation of the Union building  

The final home for the Hubbard Center will be tied to renovations of the Memorial Union Building and the construction of the Hoover Dining Hall.  Final enhancements to the Union Building cannot be complete until dining services moves officially into the new Hoover Dining Hall.  To complete a renovation of the Union Building, dining services must move to Hoover Dining Hall. 

The University is currently working with Robert A.M. Stern Architects on the design for the Kathryn F. Hubbard Center for Student Engagement. DePauw has selected Turner Construction to lead the project as the construction manager.