With some exciting recent renovation projects, the UMC is an even more vibrant hub of student activity and new ventures. We are excited to share these projects with you and provide information on where to find your favorite offices and people, and how to connect with the students, staff, resources and more in your UMC.
Summer/Fall 2019 Projects
Construction crews are working on several major projects in and around the UMC in the summer of 2019.
We are renovating the South Terrace in order to provide our visitors and the campus community with a more welcoming and accessible entrance to the building. The South Terrace entrances are closed. Please use the northeast entrance near Alferd Packer Grill, or the northwest entrance near the CU Book Store. Both of these entrances are ADA accessible.
We are upgrading some essential equipment to continue to ensure safe and efficient food service in the UMC dining facilities. This requires that most food service in the UMC be closed, including Alferd Packer Grill, Celestial Seasonings Teahouse, Jamba Juice, Panda Express, Starbucks and Subway.
Additionally, we have several smaller projects taking place inside the UMC that will have shorter periods of impact. These include meeting room and HVAC projects on the third and fourth floors, and work on the electrical switch gear on the east side of the building.
Learn more: https://www.colorado.edu/umc/summer2019
Starting August 1, 2019, The Connection will be closed for renovation until January 2020. The new space will offer the same great recreation options and amenities – plus a few new ones! – in a welcoming and more open environment. Learn more: https://www.colorado.edu/umc/connection
What has changed?
Since June 2015, the UMC has been working on renovations to spaces throughout the building in order to increase services to students. You can learn more about what has occurred on each floor by using the floor links in the menu on the right.
The first renovation focused on providing more support for students and student organizations. The UMC is a part of the Division of Student Affairs and is a cost center of the University of Colorado Student Government (CUSG). During the late spring and early summer of 2014, CUSG began to investigate different ways to support CU student groups. At the same time the UMC Board began discussing the physical space student groups need as well as a way to better recognize the UMC’s status as the State of Colorado’s official veterans memorial. The result was a commitment to re-envision space on the second and third floors of the UMC.
The goal of this project was to create spaces that serve students and student groups, while encouraging collaboration and support. Students often seek assistance from CU staff to start and maintain an organization, recruit members, transition leadership, organize events, connect with other students and groups, and get involved on campus. The spaces that provide this support should be fun and inviting, should offer many services in one area, and should be a place where students can hangout, socialize and collaborate with other students. The newly renovated spaces, covering 12,000 total square feet on the second and third floors of the UMC, include the following areas: Center for Student Involvement (CSI), Student Engagement & Collaboration Area (SECA), an expanded Veterans Memorial Lounge and a larger Volunteer Resource Center (VRC).
The project kicked off in June 2015 with preliminary discussions that included staff and students. The feedback informed a program document that defined space requirements, critical adjacencies and design considerations for the renovation work on the two floors. The work is nearly complete! The CSI office opened in March 2016, and the UMC will host grand opening events for the SECA Lounge in September, and the Veterans Lounge in November of this year.
A second component of the renovations was the conversion of the restrooms in the UMC’s northwest wing to be an all-gender restroom, now open on the second floor. This change was requested by students and the UMC Board approved the conversion in 2014. With the Glenn Miller Ballroom renovation occurring in 2014 – early 2015, we needed to wait to initiate this construction in order to provide restroom facilities on the second floor. The project began over winter break in 2015 and opened in March 2016.
On the first floor of the UMC, Starbucks opened on April 1, 2016.