UCF releases details on Student Union expansion
Following a Nov. 19 Board of Trustees meeting approving an Aramark deal that would provide funding to expand the Student Union, the UCF Student Government Association tweeted a document Tuesday detailing the major renovation.
Although a start date for construction has yet to be set, early concepts of the expansion include more than doubling the dining and studying seating that is available in order to ease overcrowding.
"The expansion and renovation would come at no cost to students, as Aramark has agreed to pay for the estimated $14 million project as part of a 10-year reconfiguration of its dining services contract with UCF," according to the document.
At the least, current restaurants will remain through the end of their leases, which almost all will run through 2017 or 2018.
UCF released recommended restaurant categories that were preferred choices by an early focus group:
Asian (Panda Express)
Bakery/Café (Einstein Bros. or Au Bon Pain)
Burgers (Steak and Shake)
Chicken (Pollo Tropical suggested for Recreation and Wellness Center area but no
preference for Student Union)
Pizza (Papa John’s)
Salad (No preference)
Sandwiches (Which Wich or Firehouse Subs)
Snacks (No preference)
Coffee (No preference)
Varied Menu/Sit-Down Restaurant (Chili’s)
Convenience/Drinks (Tropical Smoothie or Smoothie King)
The new food court will consist of a two-story seating area with new exterior seating.
Along with the '63 South dining hall renovation, plans also include an additional restaurant near the Recreation and Wellness Center and Academic Village.
From its 10-year contract extension with Aramark, UCF's estimated overall revenue is $82 million, compared to the $26 million for the most recent decade.
Check back for more details and updates as they are released.
Marina Guerges is the Editor-in-Chief at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @marinaguerges or email her at MarinaG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.