The Bone Student Center Revitalization is nearly complete. Numerous focus groups, tasks forces and student input throughout several decades lead to the design features and services that have revitalized 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 often appeared uninviting. The architectural style of the building was called "brutalist." The much-needed revitalization was the first major upgrade for the 47-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 better excites and attracts the next generation of Redbirds. Once the revitalization is fully complete, the BSC will serve as a powerful campus recruiting tool. The Atrium, located on the third floor, offers an impressive view of Illinois State's Quad for prospective students and their families.
The nearly $33 million project was paid for primarily with reserve funds. No tax money was used, and there will be no increase in student fees for the project.
The revitalization took roughly three years with three separate phases. During each phase, staff of Event Management, Dining, and Hospitality (EMDH) were strongly committed to minimizing disruption to students and campus guests as much as possible.