The Bone Student Center Revitalization is now underway. 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 45-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 Atrium, 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 Event Management, Dining, and Hospitality (EMDH) 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.
Yes, but the Brown Ballroom and Prairie Room will be impacted at times during the Revitalization. Please contact our Event Services and Catering team for more specific timelines and information regarding room reservations.
ADA guidelines will be followed throughout the entire revitalization.
Current restaurants include McAlister's Deli, Starbucks, Qdoba, and the Landing.
The newly renovated BSC will offer six food venues with three on the first floor and three on the second floor. All restaurants have not yet been announced, but The Landing, Qdoba, and Starbucks were recently revealed.
The 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
The “To those who fell in love at ISU” bench has found a temporary location during the revitalization. The temporary location is on the corner of College Avenue and University Street. A permanent space for the bench after the revitalization is completed has already been determined.