With the University’s continual growth and a student population craving modern amenities, Capital University partnered with Wellogy to assess and develop a master plan to breathe new life and energy into the 1965 circa building. The planning effort and subsequent first phase of renovation envisioned the space as the ‘living room’ of campus, and were focused on bringing back activities central to the student experience such as dining, meeting, and sharing with a diverse community to the Campus Center.
Critical to the vision of the renovation was to relocate the campus post office and open up the main level building entrance to create a welcoming lobby environment that invites students, faculty, staff, and visitors together for planned events and impromptu student life activities. Adjacent to the lobby is the renovated Crusader Club, a fast-casual campus dining option that is rebranded as the One Main Café, a modern-tavern themed dining and barista concept. This transformation has increased year-to-year lunch traffic by approximately 50%, and dinner and late night business by 20%, and campus coffee sales by 10%.
Additional renovations included expanding the large conference room to accommodate events up to 200 people, providing production space for the Black Box Theatre in the lower level, new furniture, and updates to building graphics and way-finding including digital signage displays. With the impactful transformation of the existing space and realization of the project vision and goals, the University rededicated the building as the Student Union at the completion of the project.