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Sac State plans major expansion, update of University Union

University Union expansion Sacramento State’s “living room” for students is about to get a lot bigger and better.

The University Union is ticketed for a 71,000-square-foot expansion/renovation. The project, which will break ground early next year, adds three stories to the building’s north face, making room for Peak Adventures (currently located at The WELL), a premium coffee venue, meeting and conference spaces for student groups and other organizations, additional restrooms, a study lounge, food-service storage, expanded casual seating, and an outdoor seating/pavilion area. The project is expected to be finished by August 2018.

“The expansion will allow more students to spend time comfortably in the building,” says Bill Olmsted, associate executive director of Union WELL Inc. The $53 million project will be paid for with student fees approved in a campus-wide alternative-consultation process, reserves from Union WELL Inc., and generated revenue. No state funds can or will be used.

The University Union project will add to a flurry of campus construction activity, including a state-of-the-art science building that will break ground next spring and a 416-student residence hall that will be completed in time for the Fall 2017 semester.
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