OXFORD – The University of Mississippi will begin a four-year, $50 million renovation and expansion of its Student Union this summer.
The Ole Miss Student Union will increase from 97,000 square feet to about 157,000 square feet, said Leslie Banahan, UM assistant vice chancellor for student affairs.
“It’s going to dramatically improve what we can offer our students,” Banahan said. The project will add space for student work, meetings and performances, along with a student government chamber with theater seating.
“This new renovated and expanded Student Union will become the true heart of the campus,” Banahan said.
The project will take shape in phases over four years. The bookstore and food court will remain open throughout construction.
The post office will shut down permanently June 30. UM Student Housing will still deliver mail and care packages to students who live in residence halls, and university employees will continue to receive business mail at the departments where they work.
“It’s just part of the complete renovated Union process,” said Clayton Jones, UM assistant vice chancellor and director of Human Resources and Contractual Services. “I think the important thing is we’re going to still have mail to the departments and mail to our students.”
The first floor lobby of Crosby Hall will become a mail and package center to serve students who live in residence halls. The university is in talks with Pitney Bowes about installing a system at Crosby with mail kept in secure lockers, said Lionel Maten, UM student housing director.