Devan C. Tasa, News Editor Ω
The construction dust in TRUSU’s Independent Centre has mostly settled after three months of renovations.
The students union has been expanding its building, adding a new boardroom, a study room and a series of individual study carrels.
“We started construction in October,” said Dustin McIntyre, TRUSU’s president. “The new boardroom and the new study space and the carrels are fully functioning now.
“As well, we are converting our old boardroom into a lecture hall that will fit up to 70 people for those larger movie nights that people want on campus.”
The conversion is expected to be completed by the students union’s annual general meeting held on Jan. 24.
By having a separate boardroom and lecture hall, TRUSU front desk staff won’t have to spend as much time setting up tables and chairs to switch between the two configurations.
McIntyre said the rooms available in the building were popular with students, especially since it’s easy to book one online.
“Students have a wide variety of things they need that room booking for, whether it’s a movie night for eight people or two people want to study together,” he said.
The expansion is necessary because of the steadily increasing demand for rooms to book. For example, Nathan Lane, TRUSU’s executive director, told the students union’s council in October that in September of 2012, students booked 414 hours of time, compared to 341 hours in September of the previous year.
“Our room bookings every month go up,” McIntyre said. “We added a new room last year — the red room — and even with adding that new room our room bookings are still through the roof most of the time, if not all of the time.
“The students are using these rooms pretty much to capacity, so we understand that students want more study space, so we’ve created that space for them.”
While using the study spaces, students won’t have to stop using their electronic gadgets. The individual study carrels have six easily accessible electrical outlets right at the top.
“The new study spaces, like our old study spaces, will have full multimedia functionality, [with] the ability to pull your computers in, conference calls and things of that nature,” McIntyre said.
The new additions will be run by the students union and considered a part of the Independent Centre, not the Campus Activity Centre.
Students are already able to book time in the new boardroom and lecture hall at the students union website at trusu.ca.