Master Plan Update: New Union design concept presented to SGA

The Student Government Association was presented with a proposed referendum to allow students a chance to vote on an increased Union fee of no more than $115 to cover the cost of a new Union at UNT.

Students from the master plan committee, architects,  and administrative representatives met with SGA on Wednesday, reviewing the design concepts that the group has been working on since last summer.

SGA senators got first peak into the design philosophy of the new building, including the opportunity to view renderings of the inside, exteriors, and pathways. This gave them a closer insight into what a new Union could look like at UNT.

“A prior client asked us to make a Union so cool, students would want to skip class for it,” said Richard Miller, managing principal architect for Perkins Will. “That’s our goal with yours.”

Students have been the center of the process from the very beginning, and their needs are included in every aspect of the design concepts.

“From the walls to the floors, from the exteriors in, this building speaks UNT, and really captures the heart of UNT. I think UNT students will be happy with the conceptual design so far,” said Jayleen Watson, broadcast journalism junior.

Student organizations will gain a 68 percent increase in usable space, including designated offices for SGA, graduate student council, and other student organizations.

Master Plan Committee students have been working hard meeting with students and sharing information about the master plan. The committee has met with more than 6,000 students at various education sessions and promotional events this year, with more planned during the month of March.

SGA will have one week to consider the referendum and will vote on Wednesday, March 7.  A student forum is also planned for that day at 11:30am and 12:30pm in the Silver Eagle A. Free pizza, drink, and desserts will be provided. Students can see the new Union for themselves, take a video tour of the design, and get answers to all of their questions.

Student forums are also planned for March 14, 28, and 29. For more information, please visit: union.unt.edu/masterplan.

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