In between classes, the Lory Student Center acts as a second home to most students, offering a plethora of services from dining options to meeting spaces and advocacy services for students.
The 300,000-square-foot facility is home to more than 400 student jobs and provides services to nearly 15,000 people every day. After CSU broke ground in 1960, it remains the center of student life on campus.
In 2012, the Lory Student Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary at CSU. We should celebrate by increasing the student experience at Colorado State.
Last year, the LSC Executive Directors Office chose to formulate a master plan, identifying the key areas needed for improvement.
One of those areas identified as needing change is the LSC Theater.
The LSC Theater Development Committee consists of ASAP, ASCSU, LSC Operations employees and Facilities employees have been meeting regularly since this past summer defining goals, discussing designs and moving forward with a renovation that is slated to begin in June of this year.
What has resulted out of meeting with various stakeholders is that the needs for the theater are less theatrical and more multi-faceted. The design committee is moving forward with an all-purpose idea, allowing groups to hold a lecture, concert, banquet or reception all in one single space.
The theater, however, is only a small part of the LSC renovations. In the coming weeks, the LSC Governing Board will be presenting the plan and vision for the renovations of the rest of the facility to various student groups across campus.
This renovation is extremely important for the future progress of the physical look of Colorado State, and will create an iconic center of student life.
To effectively communicate the vision of the renovations, the LSC Executive Directorâ€™s office, in conjunction with master plan architects, created an amazing video of rendered facility drawings.
You can view this video on the recently revised LSC renovations website at the main student center website. You can also find it trickling around Facebook and on the LSC Facebook page.
How does this affect you, as an individual student?
First and foremost, you will most likely use the LSC throughout your collegiate career. We want to make sure the direction of the master plan is what you want to see out of your student center.
Second, itâ€™s your money. The LSC Executive Directors Office will be requesting a fee increase at Student Fee Review Board in the coming months to help pay for this massive renovation. While the details of this fee increase are not known at this time, it is extremely important to remember the magnitude of the renovation, the return on your investment, and that the fee increase will not be going into effect until at least the 2014-15 academic year.
While most of us will not be around to utilize the renovated space as students, it is important to consider our legacy on this campus when discussing the renovation. This campus is going to be on the map for a long time, and we want to make sure we leave it in good hands as we depart to greener pastures.
You can view details of the LSC Master Plan as well as information on the Theater renovation at the student center website, www.sc.colostate.edu.
Eric Berlinberg is the Deputy Chief of Staff for ASCSU and serves on the Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation Board of Directors.