This past week marked the last Market Wednesday, the final event at Club Downunder and the end to so many other events students hold near and dear to their hearts. What seems like the end of an era can also be viewed as the beginning of a new chapter for Florida State University.
The Oglesby Union will have a brand new face, with the upgraded facility planning to open its doors in the fall of 2020. The original Union first opened in 1952, with the post office as one of its first amenities. In the 1980s, each building was linked together in an attempt to unify all of the buildings in the Union that had all been constructed separately. The now outdated layout is finally receiving the attention it deserves. The project is funded by student fees and will remove most of the existing buildings and structure of the Union, while trying to preserve some historic elements like Moore Auditorium.
“The New Oglesby Union will contain everything you have come to expect in the current Union and more,” said Dr. Matthew Ducatt, director of Oglesby Union. “There will be a new Club Downunder, Art Center, Crenshaw Lanes, new meeting rooms and the new larger Florida State Ballrooms, which will fully capable to handle all sorts of events to support the university and greater community.”
The UPS Store/Mail, Turner Building, Crenshaw Lanes and the Student Activities Center will be some of the first buildings or parts of the Union to come down in early May. The Davis Building will remain standing until the end of the build since it will be where many of the offices will relocate. Other spaces around campus will be used to accommodate programs like the Involvement Fair, Club Downunder concerts, Parents/Family Weekend and Seminole Sensation Week….