Students started using the new decor in Old Main before it could all be unboxed
Jessica Klymchuk, News Editor Ω
Over $25,000-worth of new furniture was unloaded into Old Main’s Student Street on Monday Sept. 16. In case you weren’t tipped off by the mahogany tones and faux-wood, it goes hand-in-hand with the new Starbucks, scheduled to open Oct. 15.
Food service provider Aramark planned to replace all the furniture when it decided to swap the Old Main Tim Horton’s with Starbucks.
No institutional funding was used to pay for the furniture.
“The furniture that was there was old and tired, so it was an opportunity to refresh the whole place,” said TRU ancillary services director Glenn Read.
Read said the university had no plans to update the area, but Aramark provided a better seating grid. Although the furniture is part of Starbucks, it’s not reserved for customers. Student Street remains open to all.
“It’s there for the students,” he said. “If you look at the design, there’s a variety of different styles from communal to more private.”
Although there’s a variety, one student isn’t a fan.
“I don’t think the high tables are practical for studying and doing stuff on,” said Meagan Hill. “I’d much rather go to House of Learning.”
Read said the style is designed to accommodate a variety of needs, not just studying. The furniture is there for when students are visiting, having a cup of coffee or a bite to eat.
“If you want to study, I don’t know if you would want to be in one of the busiest corridors on campus,” he said. “Even in the past, students weren’t there just to study. We try to take all the needs into consideration.”
As for the old furniture, it will likely get repurposed somewhere else on campus. Read said if it doesn’t get repurposed it would typically be auctioned off, with proceeds returning to the institution.
Starbucks construction is scheduled to conclude Sept. 27, but it won’t open until two weeks later when all staff have been properly trained.
“Once Starbucks opens, I think it will be a more inviting environment for students and staff,” said Read.
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