Coffee Shop to Relocate During CUB Expansion, Renovation
The Coffee Shop will relocate from Friday night through Monday, Jan. 27-30, as the expansion and renovation of the Carlton Union Building continues. After the relocation, the Coffee Shop will be replaced temporarily with a Coffee Kiosk and Lounge.
The Coffee Shop will be open for its regular hours through Friday night, January 27, 2017. Then, Facilities Management and Dining Services staff will begin moving equipment through the weekend into the Coffee Kiosk located in the office once used by the Student Government Association on the first-floor of the CUB. The furniture from the Coffee Shop will be moved to the Faculty Lounge just down the hall, said Al Allen, associate vice president for Facilities Management.
The Coffee Kiosk will open for business on Wednesday morning, Feb. 1, and serve 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, said Candra Reid, Director of Retail Dining for Stetson University.
“Our goal is to maintain the level of quality our guests are used to receiving,” added Lindsey Bishop, Director of Marketing and Guest Experience for Stetson Dining.
The furniture in the Coffee Shop will be moved into the Faculty Lounge on the first floor of the CUB by early next week, and that area will be converted into a Community Lounge for students, faculty and staff during the CUB construction project. The Commons Dining Room will remain open during the project.
The Community Lounge will be open 24 hours a day as a study and lounge space, while the Coffee Kiosk will maintain the current Coffee Shop hours.
“The Community Lounge will be a place for people to enjoy their beverages, for students to study, gather and relax,” Allen said.
Signs will be placed inside the CUB to notify the Stetson community about the temporary Coffee Kiosk and Lounge. For a few days during the move, people can buy coffee inside Einstein Brother’s Bagels, which opens weekdays at 8 a.m. And coffee is available inside the Commons Dining Room, which opens at 7 a.m. on weekdays.
The relocation is part of the $30 million renovation and expansion of the CUB. The work is progressing on schedule and is set for completion in late 2018, Allen said.
The project will expand the CUB by 30,000 square feet, essentially the same size as the new Rinker Welcome Center, he said. The vast majority of the new space is designed for use by students and student organizations.
Already, the CUB’s new north wing is taking shape. On the first floor will be a larger bookstore, new convenience store, postal facility and copy center. Upstairs will be new student lounges, student meeting rooms and offices for student groups, including the SGA (which moved temporarily to Elizabeth Hall Suite 112).
“The renovation of the north wing will include a wonderful sense of arrival into the building because we’re creating a beautiful north lobby. All that work is happening as we speak and moving along very nicely,” Allen said.
The steel frame of a temporary kitchen building also can be seen just east of the CUB. This temporary kitchen will be completed by early June 2017 and be ready for use during Stetson’s summer camps and conferences.
When students return this August for Fall Semester 2017, meals for the Commons Dining Room will be prepared in the temporary kitchen and brought into the former Coffee Shop, which will be converted into a serving area. Dining tables will remain available in the Commons.
This setup will continue until August 2018 when the expanded and remodeled Commons opens with a new kitchen and a wall of glass along the east wall, overlooking a covered patio dining area and green space. Also for Fall Semester 2018, the Coffee Shop will reopen in its original space and the Faculty Lounge will return.
The CUB originally opened in the late 1950s and has earned a renovation. It’s being enlarged to better serve Stetson students and accommodate recent enrollment growth from 2,100 to more than 3,000 undergraduate students.