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Student Union Expansion Hits Construction Milestone

November 9, 2016

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Personal Touch: A Topping Out Ceremony for the Hulman Memorial Student Union will feature the final steel beam with the signatures of student, faculty and staff members.

Construction to expand and renovate Rose-Hulman’s Hulman Memorial Student Union will reach a significant milestone on Friday, Nov. 11 when contractors add the final steel beam for the $25-million project. The beam has the signatures of students, faculty and staff members who may someday use the building.

Institute officials will join Wabash Valley and Indianapolis contractors, engineers and architects at a special Topping Out Ceremony at 11 a.m. near the student union building.

The project, which began on June 1, will include the addition of 19,010 square feet and remodeled space within the existing 84,900 square foot student center. New features will include expanded student lounge spaces, new outdoor patio and gathering spaces, a newly refurbished main dining room and servery, new state-of-the art spaces for the Office of Corporate Engagement, and new and refurbished conference rooms.

The expansion is being supported by a $9-million lead gift from Linda and Mike Mussallem, with a desire to make a positive impact on student health and Rose-Hulman. Mike Mussallem is a 1974 chemical engineering alumnus who is chairman and chief executive officer of California-based Edwards Lifesciences.

Rose-Hulman President Jim Conwell said the expanded Hulman Memorial Student Union signals a new period for the institute’s growth, and will serve as a centerpiece for student living and campus life.

“The facilities that we are building and improving upon will become a vibrant campus hub,” he said. “At the same time, the new student union will help our students balance their academic and social experiences, and develop healthy eating habits.”

The project is scheduled to be completed by September of 2018. It was designed by Ratio Architects, Inc. of Indianapolis. Garmong Construction of Terre Haute is managing the project’s construction, assisted by a variety of local contractors.