Frequently Asked Questions
Why is there so much construction happening on campus?
Stetson’s strategic plan for growth is working! We have more students and faculty, so we need more space for classrooms and offices, as well as spaces for working and studying that take advantage of the beautiful views of campus. Stetson’s Comprehensive Campus Plan, adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2014, will improve the campus experience for current and future students, parents, alumni and visitors to the university.
What are some of the construction projects?
- A new Welcome Center for prospective students who are visiting with their parents also will aggregate a lot of student services into one building, making space in other buildings available for other staff and faculty. Services in the new building will include student financial planning, registrar, bursar, career and professional services, and recruiting. Site work and a parking area for the building is scheduled to be completed in early fall, with construction continuing through the fall and spring semesters.
- The Hollis Family Student Success Center, on the second floor of the duPont-Ball Library, is a newly renovated area that provides assistance with tutoring, coaching, and time management and testing skills that students need to graduate and successfully move forward in their careers.
- After renovations are complete the Carlton Union Building (CUB) will expand by 40 percent to approximately 80,000 square feet. Changes will include an all-new, larger dining space, new kitchen, renovated restrooms and more elevators. The north wing of the CUB will feature a new retail center for the Campus Bookstore, Convenience Store, Post Office and Copy Center. The east wing of the building will offer a patio dining area with a scenic view of a beautiful green space for students, faculty and staff to enjoy. The building will also have increased space for student groups, students activities and office space.
Will SGA still be in the CUB? What about Tri-C?
The CUB’s second floor will include a large student lounge, Student Government Association (SGA), office space for student clubs and organizations, a multi-purpose programmable space, student media space (including a renovated radio station), and open seating for individual or group socialization and study. Staff offices for those who partner or work with students also will be here including some staff from Community Engagement, Student Development and Campus Vibrancy, and Diversity and Inclusion. The Cross Cultural Center (Tri-C) house will remain on campus as well, at 611 Bert Fish Drive.
How much is this going to cost? Where is the money coming from?
Approximately $37 million is expected to be spent on new construction and renovation/renewal of existing spaces. Funding for these projects comes from a variety of sources: fundraising, 19 percent; a bond issue, 66 percent; the university’s operating budget, 15 percent. Debt incurred from these projects will total less than five percent of the university’s operating budget.
Where can I find more information?
Visit stetson.edu/construction to see site plans, layouts, photos and video of the construction.