UC Games Room Closing Scheduled as UC Ground Floor Goes Offline to Accommodate UC Transformation Project
The University Center Transformation Project continues to make strides toward providing a Tier One University Center that will serve as the heart of student life for decades to come. In order to accommodate the complex and comprehensive scope of renovations and expansions, it has been necessary for the project timeline to adjust and evolve from its conception to today. One of the most complex aspects of this project has been related to the phasing of construction to maintain safe building operations for all UC users and occupants throughout the significant renovation efforts . The first phase of construction and renovation is scheduled to be completed by January 2014, with the second phase slated to be completed no later than January of 2015.
In order to accommodate the construction of the renovated UC Arbor during the first phase, the central stair in the UC Arbor between Level 0 (ground floor) and Level 2 (second floor) will need to be taken offline before the end of this calendar year. Due to state fire code egress requirements , the t current occupants of the UC Ground Floor will need to vacate the space for the majority of the remainder of Phase 1.
More specifically, the University Center Games Room will close its doors to support the renovation toward the end of the semester, with its last day of service being Wednesday, November 21, 2012. The current phasing plan has the UC Games Room reopening at the end of Phase 1 (January 2014). One of the key benefits of this plan is that it will allow the entire ground floor to open at the end of Phase 1, providing students more up-front services by early 2014 and reducing the impact of Phase 2 construction on the quality of student life. The UC Satellite Games Room will remain open for the duration of the UC Transformation Project.
The UH Forensics Society will relocate from UC Room 35 to Room 102 in Oberholtzer Hall. This office transition will take place between November 26 and December 7, 2013. Additional services located on the UC Ground Floor will also be taken offline (TV lounge, commuter microwave, restrooms, computer kiosk and the Lactation Center).
Lastly due to the closing of the UC Games Room, the University Center will reduce its evening hours. As of Monday, November 26, 2012, the UC will close at midnight seven days per week. Students looking for alternative late-night lounge options will still have access to the 24-hour lounge space located adjacent to the UC in the M.D. Anderson Library.
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