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NIU Student Center Remodel
The student center is currently under a $20 million remodel. I've been trying to find plans online and came across this interesting picture.

[Image: Large+Addition+-+MLK+Commons_Final.jpg?format=1500w]

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I live in Sycamore but work in DeKalb. I sometimes go for my runs after work along the Prairie Park path to the East Lagoon. I'll stop by there soon to catch some pictures of the current construction soon.

Anyone else hear anything regarding this? The student center needed an overhaul about 15 years ago.
05-29-2019 09:09 PM
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Nice!!!
05-29-2019 10:03 PM
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(05-29-2019 10:03 PM)BDB5yp Wrote:  Nice!!!
Time to bring back Porn Week.
05-29-2019 11:28 PM
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(05-29-2019 11:28 PM)NIU75 Wrote:  
(05-29-2019 10:03 PM)BDB5yp Wrote:  Nice!!!
Time to bring back Porn Week.

Rugby Team used as a fundraiser.
05-30-2019 06:46 AM
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RE: NIU Student Center Remodel
There will be exterior changes to paths and hard spaces, but no structures. They will be pulling down the temporary fence down soon. Most of the renovation will be in the sub levels. Huskie Den, book store dinning areas. I have some renderings. I'll see if I can share.
05-30-2019 08:21 AM
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Correct, all the new construction is taking place inside the existing building. The renderings look nice, it will be a huge improvement.
05-30-2019 08:28 AM
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RE: NIU Student Center Remodel
[img][Image: Transit_Lounge_zpsa5twyxik.png][/img]
[Image: Huskies%20Den%20Interior_zpskohmingu.png]
[Image: Huskies_Den_zps9ehztdma.png]
[Image: Book%20Store%20South%20Entry_zpsghks9mpm.png]
[Image: Book%20Store%20West%20Entry_zpsdsb547kp.png]
[Image: Huskies%20Grille_zpsaqnvlm41.png]
[Image: Student%20Leadership%20Suite_zpsia8zjafm.png]
[Image: North-South%20Circulation_zps5am0ny9i.png]
[Image: Huskies%20Grille%20seating_zpslfaxsofc.png]
[Image: Welcome%20Desk%20%20Coffee%20Venue_zpsn5ip1zr3.png]
05-30-2019 08:50 AM
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(05-30-2019 08:50 AM)shack66 Wrote:  [img][Image: Transit_Lounge_zpsa5twyxik.png][/img]
[Image: Huskies%20Den%20Interior_zpskohmingu.png]
[Image: Huskies_Den_zps9ehztdma.png]
[Image: Book%20Store%20South%20Entry_zpsghks9mpm.png]
[Image: Book%20Store%20West%20Entry_zpsdsb547kp.png]
[Image: Huskies%20Grille_zpsaqnvlm41.png]
[Image: Student%20Leadership%20Suite_zpsia8zjafm.png]
[Image: North-South%20Circulation_zps5am0ny9i.png]
[Image: Huskies%20Grille%20seating_zpslfaxsofc.png]
[Image: Welcome%20Desk%20%20Coffee%20Venue_zpsn5ip1zr3.png]

That is going to look great. And long overdue.
05-30-2019 11:09 AM
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Wow....this is miles away from what I remember
05-30-2019 11:39 AM
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I heard Starbucks is going in, a well-known fast food franchise, and there will be a "sports bar" that may serve beer and wine?
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05-30-2019 11:40 AM
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(05-30-2019 11:40 AM)NIUfilmmaker Wrote:  I heard Starbucks is going in, a well-known fast food franchise, and there will be a "sports bar" that may serve beer and wine?

Originally chick-fil-a was the chosen restaurant but the student association turned it down. Then Moe's southwest grill was announced but since then NIU dining has stopped promoting them as a dining option for next year. They're very cautious to announce it but the huskies grill will have beer and wine after 4:30. Hopefully it'll be ready for the fall as dining drastically cut the hours to all their dining halls.
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(05-30-2019 08:50 AM)shack66 Wrote:  [img][Image: Transit_Lounge_zpsa5twyxik.png][/img]
[Image: Huskies%20Den%20Interior_zpskohmingu.png]
[Image: Huskies_Den_zps9ehztdma.png]
[Image: Book%20Store%20South%20Entry_zpsghks9mpm.png]
[Image: Book%20Store%20West%20Entry_zpsdsb547kp.png]
[Image: Huskies%20Grille_zpsaqnvlm41.png]
[Image: Student%20Leadership%20Suite_zpsia8zjafm.png]
[Image: North-South%20Circulation_zps5am0ny9i.png]
[Image: Huskies%20Grille%20seating_zpslfaxsofc.png]
[Image: Welcome%20Desk%20%20Coffee%20Venue_zpsn5ip1zr3.png]

That is going to look great. And long overdue.
05-30-2019 02:20 PM
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(05-30-2019 02:20 PM)StevenNIU Wrote:  
(05-30-2019 08:50 AM)shack66 Wrote:  [img][Image: Transit_Lounge_zpsa5twyxik.png][/img]
[Image: Huskies%20Den%20Interior_zpskohmingu.png]
[Image: Huskies_Den_zps9ehztdma.png]
[Image: Book%20Store%20South%20Entry_zpsghks9mpm.png]
[Image: Book%20Store%20West%20Entry_zpsdsb547kp.png]
[Image: Huskies%20Grille_zpsaqnvlm41.png]
[Image: Student%20Leadership%20Suite_zpsia8zjafm.png]
[Image: North-South%20Circulation_zps5am0ny9i.png]
[Image: Huskies%20Grille%20seating_zpslfaxsofc.png]
[Image: Welcome%20Desk%20%20Coffee%20Venue_zpsn5ip1zr3.png]

That is going to look great. And long overdue.

Sign of a financial upswing for the University! Good stuff!
05-30-2019 07:11 PM
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(05-30-2019 08:21 AM)shack66 Wrote:  There will be exterior changes to paths and hard spaces, but no structures. They will be pulling down the temporary fence down soon. Most of the renovation will be in the sub levels. Huskie Den, book store dinning areas. I have some renderings. I'll see if I can share.

So the "Winter" or "Glass" garden in the first picture isn't happening?
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I really thinking updating the outside would be a great idea. The facade has been ugly since 1970.
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(05-30-2019 08:58 PM)Big_Man Wrote:  
(05-30-2019 08:21 AM)shack66 Wrote:  There will be exterior changes to paths and hard spaces, but no structures. They will be pulling down the temporary fence down soon. Most of the renovation will be in the sub levels. Huskie Den, book store dinning areas. I have some renderings. I'll see if I can share.

So the "Winter" or "Glass" garden in the first picture isn't happening?

I saw a reference to a winter garden in a recent write up. Just a small planted area now I think inside the new doors off the quad.
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Badly needed.
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It's full of ghosts!
but seriously I hate the grillE. there's no damn E on the end of grill. We are a university and can't spell but hey we're trendy.
https://rricketts.com/grill-vs-grille-th...-resolved/
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This is great. These kinds of spaces need to be refreshed way more often than they have been.
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Decided to run the new path at Prairie Park through campus out past the Convocation Center today. I'll share some pictures that I took, but I have a few thoughts.

Far west campus: There is a huge amount of infrastructure built out there. With roads, roundabouts and bike paths. I am not sure what the master plan is for this area (if they even have one), but I would imagine that the new University of Illinois & NIU facility would not be considered without that infrastructure.

Prairie Park Path: Great connection with Prairie Park, a very under utilized portion of DeKalb. There were a surprising amount of people using the path for a Sunday afternoon after a storm, bikers, joggers and walkers. Connects nicely with the East Lagoon.

MLK Commons: The Commons have come along way since 2005 (when I was a freshman). They have some nice birch trees surrounding the equality statue. I kind of wish they had some more fountains in that area. Would make it a very peaceful location (like the East Lagoon).

Student Center Remodel: I am not sure what exactly is going on here. The original picture I posted doesn't seem to be happening, but there is some work going down on the outside. Check out the pictures below.
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