The health sciences student center would include:
“Students tell us (Mendenhall) is a destination place,” Hardy said. “We want to meet their needs but also provide a social place where they can study and engage.”
Student needs and preferences for both facilities were taken into account through a series of surveys conducted in 2008 and again this fall.
Mendenhall Student Center, which opened in 1974, will be repurposed to fill space needs at the university. Hendrix Theatre and the bowling alley will remain in operation in Mendenhall.
Administrators believe the new student centers will serve as a recruiting and retention tool for ECU.
“Students are making choices now for their education based on student life,” agreed David Johnson, a consultant from SmithGroupJJR who has worked with ECU on developing a master plan for campus.
The Board of Trustees is scheduled to hear an update on programming and funding for the student centers this fall. ECU will be required to seek approval from the University of North Carolina General Administration and the UNC Board of Governors.
Construction could begin as early as fall 2014.
For more information, view the PowerPoint presentation presented to the Board of Trustees at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/bot/nextmeeting.cfm. Click on “Lunchtime Discussion Materials.”