With the power tools and construction equipment out of the way, it’s time to bring out the giant scissors.
Florida International University officials will unveil renovations to the Wolfe University Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151 St. in North Miami.
The ribbon-cutting event, which will take place on the 20th anniversary of when the building was named after former FIU president Gregory Wolfe, is free and open to the public.
Students inspired the $3 million renovation project, according to Scott Jones, director of Student Affairs at the Biscayne Bay Campus.
“Students were looking for a face-lift,” he said.
It was paid for with money collected from the universities’ activity and service fee charged to students, which SGA allocates, and from the capital improvement trust fund.
The project started last May with demolition and was completed last Monday. The renovations include an all-glass main entrance to the building with hurricane-impact windows, blue and gold mosaic tiles in key locations, new audio equipment, two new student lounges and new furniture.
“Panther pride was woven into the entire design concept,” Jones said, referring to the blue and gold tiles.
The center was constructed as an open-air facility and had all-brick corridors, according to Jones. Therefore, in the renovations the university replaced those corridors with carpet throughout the entire facility.
This will be the first time students who started at FIU in spring 2014, fall 2013, or summer 2013 will get to use Panther Square, the “grand entrance” of the center where most student interactions take place.
Although FIU students and staff could not access the square, administrative offices and services along with student event and programming functions were still available.
“The front half of the building was behind a construction wall, but the back half was accessible,” Jones said.