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Carlton Union Building Renovation

You may view a live feed of construction at the CUB through the Williams Company.

The CUB is undergoing a $30 million renovation and expansion through 2018 that will enlarge and update the dining hall and kitchen, add meeting rooms and a lounge for students, and provide new offices for student groups and student services. The overall goal of the CUB renovations is to better serve students, provide space for the growing student body and have the student organizations and services in a central location on campus.

  • The Commons dining hall will be enlarged and a wall of glass will be added across the east wall, providing a scenic view of green space and an exterior patio dining area.
  • The faculty will continue to have a lounge area in the building.
  • The new, larger Bookstore has opened downstairs and is connected to the Convenience Store, Copy Center and the Post Office.
  • The CUB will be enlarged from 52,000 square feet to 86,584 square feet, and the work will occur in phases through the summer of 2019.
  • The Hat Rack Café, which hosts Einstein Bros. Bagels and Johnny Rockets, will not be impacted during the project.
  • Through 2018, other areas will be renovated including the lobby, Faculty Lounge and Stetson Room. The Stetson Room will remain the same size and will have a corridor running the length of it that overlooks the dining room below.

The project will expand the CUB by 30,000 square feet, and the vast majority of the new space is designed for use by students and student organizations.

Fall 2017 Update


Beginning in Fall Semester 2017, the campus Bookstore, Convenience Store, Post Office and Copy Center are now located in the expanded and remodeled North Wing of the Carlton Union Building.

The Bookstore and Convenience Store are now co-located in a space significantly larger than their previous combined spaces and are connected to the Post Office and Copy Center on the North Wing’s first floor. 

A few other changes are taking place during the 2017-2018 academic year while work continues on schedule to expand and renovate the CUB, adding more space for campus dining, student activities, and student offices, meeting rooms and a lounge. These temporary changes include

  • In the Commons Dining Hall, the food serving lines have been moved temporarily into the former Coffee Shop. Dining tables are available for students in the Commons dining room and in the former Faculty Lounge. The temporary changes are needed while workers construct a new kitchen and new serving areas, additional dining space and an east-facing patio – all of which will be ready for students when they return for Fall Semester 2018.
  • Starting in Fall Semester 2017, the Food Truck will be operated by Stetson Dining in front of Chaudoin Hall, across from the CUB, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Tables will be available out front, and the Food Truck will accept meal plans, including meal exchanges or HatterBucks, as well as cash/credit.
  • Students can access the Campus Bookstore, Convenience Store, Post Office and Copy Center via the entrance door from the path between the CUB and Griffith Hall. Another access is next to the Hat Rack on the north side of the Hat Rack. Students will find the Post Office and Copy Center inside the Bookstore at the back of the store. The Convenience Store is inside the Bookstore at the front of the store. All other pedestrian paths remain open around the CUB as it undergoes a renovation and expansion.
  • The Student Health CenterStudent Counseling and Religious and Spiritual Life/Religious and Spiritual Life will move into Griffith Hall on Oct. 28-29, 2017, and open in their new locations on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Watch for directional signage to the new locations.
  • In mid-November 2017, the Offices for Campus Life and Student Success, including Lua Hancock, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Success, and Lynn Schoenberg, Dean of Students, will move out of the CUB and into the two houses on Bert Fish Drive, formerly used by the Student Health and Student Counseling Servicess. This move also includes the Title IX Coordinator office, Community Standards and Student Development and Campus Vibrancy.

In January 2018, offices for student organizations, a student lounge and other gathering spaces for students are set to open in the North Wing’s new second floor once an elevator has been installed and is operating. This new space will include offices for Student Government Association and the student online-radio station, WHAT. Administrative offices for the Cross-Cultural Center also will be located on the second floor of the CUB’s North Wing, but the current Cross-Cultural Center space will continue to be used for activities and events.

The new student offices and meeting areas in the CUB will feature many glass walls, giving the second floor an open design and natural light from the palladium windows along the exterior of the north wing.

When the project is completed, the CUB will also feature a renovated South Wing with the Coffee Shop and Faculty Lounge. The Stetson Room will see changes, too, including the addition of a corridor running along its east side with a series of glass doors leading inside.

The Coffee Kiosk

The Coffee Kiosk is open for business Monday through Friday, 8:45 am to 4:00 pm, and serves the normal selection of coffee, tea, bagels and pastries, as well as bottled beverages and food items. The only change for customers is the Coffee Kiosk will serve a condensed variety of favorite hot food items.

CUB History

The changes come 60 years after the CUB opened in the fall semester of 1957 at a cost of $1,250,000, according to The Stetson Reporter on Aug. 30, 1957. The building was dedicated in 1958 and named after Doyle E. Carlton, the governor of Florida from 1929 to 1933, who graduated from Stetson and served as a trustee, according to records and photographs in the Stetson University Archives.

Carlton Union Building Floor Plans

First Floor | Second Floor