The blog has been somewhat quiet over the summer about progress of the new Union, but not to worry! Meetings have been conducted and discussions have been had, planning and visualizing what the new Union is going to feature and look like. The Master Plan meeting on Friday the 7th went into more detail about the specific visuals concerning the new Union and what stories the UNT community is wanting to tell through the new Union.
Currently, we are in the Pricing Phase of the timeline. During this time period the designers, builders, and UNT collaborate on finalizing and reviewing schematics to make sure everything is within budget without cutting any programming or student space.
For those of you who don’t know Perkins + Will have been the group to be at our side every step of the way through the process of building the new Union and they continue to do so. While the Pricing Phase is well underway Perkins + Will sat down with us once again to continue the discussion of the vision the UNT community has for the new building. The meeting began with a discussion about the design of the food court; bright colors or natural colors? Technologically innovative or classic design? Decisions decisions, options options. Students and faculty gave their opinions and input and the designers listened intently to make sure the Union reflected all that the UNT community is looking for.
The Union is an important part of campus and needs to reflect all that UNT is about. Stories are going to be a main venue by which the university opens up to its students and staff, but prospective students and families as well. The new Union’s persona is being developed as the meetings and discussions progress and by the end will tell a story.
Unexpected. Quirky. Warm. Connected. Diverse. Feels like home. With these in mind the new Union is well on its way to greatness.
If you want to get involved in the discussion about the new Union there will be a Master Plan student forum Thursday, September 13 at 1:30 P.M. in the Library Mall to talk about the Union and the future of UNT.
For more information about the work of Perkins + Will please check out their website at http://www.perkinswill.com/
Check back soon for more updates on the Master Plan Project and other Union related information!