The Bone Student Center is excited to begin a revitalization and expansion of the building in fall of 2017. Numerous focus groups, tasks forces and student input throughout several decades have lead us to the design features and services that will revitalize the Bone Student Center. Revitalization plans identified the following three imperatives:
The BSC is often called Illinois State's "living room," but its dark, concrete-heavy design can often appear uninviting. The architectural style of the current building is called "brutalist." The much-needed revitalization will be the first major upgrade for the 43-year-old campus hub, which has 5,000 daily visitors and hosts more than 4,500 events each year.
By adding more natural light and "open concept" seating areas, the improved Bone Student Center will better excite and attract the next generation of Redbirds. Once the revitalization is complete, the BSC will serve as a powerful campus recruiting tool. The welcome center's new presentation room, located on the third floor, will offer an impressive view of Illinois State's Quad for prospective students and their families.
The nearly $33 million project will be paid for primarily with reserve funds. No tax money will be used, and there will be no increase in student fees for the project.
The revitalization is expected to take roughly three years with three separate phases. During each phase, staff of the BSC are strongly committed to minimizing disruption to students and other visitors as much as possible. There are no plans to shut down the building due to construction.
The Brown Ballroom and Prairie Room will be most impacted by construction. All event rooms will remain reservable during 2017, but the the following caveats will apply:
Reservations are available for the Brown Ballroom until June 18, 2018. Updates will be made as the construction timeline becomes more finalized, and the Event Services staff will accommodate requests as much as possible.
ADA guidelines will be followed throughout the entire revitalization.
The current restaurants along with the Lobby Shop will remain operational until Phase II of the revitalization which will not begin until mid 2018. More details will be provided as they become available.
The newly renovated BSC will offer six food venues with three on the first floor and three on the second floor. Restaurants are not yet finalized.
The 500 space, hourly fee parking lot located just behind (north side) the Bone Student Center, on Locust Street, will remain open. A portion of the lot will be used as space for Core Construction to setup trailers and stage different aspects of the revitalization. This portion of the lot will remain closed throughout the project
Bike racks are located at both the 1 West and 1 East entrances. Once construction progresses, the racks may need to be relocated, and the website will be updated with further details.
The “To those who fell in love at ISU” bench has found a temporary location during the revitalization. The temporary location is under a tree in the southeast corner of the space between the BSC and the Bowling and Billiards Center, between the Bowling and Billiards Center and Milner Library, near the outdoors stairs that lead to Milner Plaza. A permanent space for the bench after the revitalization is completed has already been determined.