One of the most-heavily used student areas on campus, the Elliott Student Union, will be renovated according to the University of Central Missouri.

The project,  approved by the Board of Governors, will be paid for via debt financing, with funds coming from revenues generated through Union useage and fees. The cost of the project is to be approximately $7 million.

According to a story from the UCM University News, Patrick Bradley, associate vice provost for student auxiliaries, states no increase in student fees is needed to help fund the project.

In the article from UCM, the project features a 300-seat auditorium that will be created within an existing courtyard situated between U.S. Bank, Steak ‘n Shake, Smiser Alumni Center, and the east-west interior walkway.

It was pointed out in the story that the auditorium will have a stage and retractable seating making it possible to house a variety of different student events, while also providing a space that could serve the community.

Work on the project is expected to be completed in late fall 2019.

Dmitry Kalinovsky