As you’ve probably noticed from our Facebook and Twitter posts, construction is fully underway here at the Comstock Memorial Union. Started only four short weeks ago, the construction is making way for a more open concept student collaboration space, a new entrance and addition, ample daylight, and many other fantastic features!

Here, the temporary wall by the new Office of Diversity and International Student Programs Office, displays a sign promising it will be worth it after the walls come down
Here, the temporary wall by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and International Student Services Office, displays a sign promising it will be worth it after the walls come down

The temporary walls appeared on May 22nd, blocking students and staff from entering dangerous construction zones. To add a little humor, the general contractors posted signs excusing their mess and promising that “it will be worth it when the walls come down,” and we cannot agree more! Staff, safety-suited up in safety vests, hard hats, and protective eye wear, have been able to sneak peaks of what’s happening behind the walls. And don’t worry, they will be sharing those with you soon!

Here, construction workers are hard at work removing bricks one-by-one
Construction workers are hard at work removing bricks one-by-one

Exterior demolition began last week in preparation for the 3,500 sq. ft. addition and new southwest entrance.  First, the red brick was removed piece-by-piece from parts of the outside of the building. Next, as shown in our YouTube video from today, the bricks underneath are being removed one-by-one to create an opening in the wall. Currently, there is a large opening on the second floor of the south side of the building, where our new lounge overlooking the main level will be located!

As described, this is the opening on the 2nd floor to make way for the new lounge

As the renovation project moves on, stay updated with our Facebook and Twitter posts as there is a little bit more progress to show each day!  We are super excited for this #ExtremeMakeoverCMUEdition project and hope you are too!