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DeRosa University Center renovation update

Mar 12, 2015

Over the winter holiday, the University began the replacement of the DeRosa University Center floor. The new floor is designed to have a longer life span, is intended to be placed in high traffic, and is guaranteed to last for 10 years. For several months, a committee of students and staff have worked with an interior designer to select the type of flooring and color as part of a redesign of the dining areas within the facility. The project has been a collaborative effort by the staff in Housing, University Dining Services, Physical Plant and Purchasing and is paid for from savings within the Housing and Dining budget and by Physical Plant.

Due to several issues with the delivery of the new flooring, Physical Plant was only able to complete the installation on the first floor over the winter holiday.  New product was ordered to complete the second floor of the University Center and was scheduled to be replaced over spring break, March 9-13. Unfortunately, due to the west coast longshoreman's strike, the delivery was delayed by several weeks. 

Plans now call for the replacement of second floor and the installation of new dining furniture in the Marketplace, The Lair, and the River Room over the second half of May following the 2015 Pharmacy and Health Sciences Commencement. 

These changes in both the floor and the furniture are aimed to create and foster a new look for the building and better sense of community for our students, staff, and faculty. Until that time, please note that the University will continue to use the current dining furniture.  As the project continues, we will be sure to keep the campus community updated. 

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Jacobson, Associate Vice President for Student Life, at

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