Lane University Center Comes Back to Life Following Renovation
By Liz Douglas Medcalf and Katie Warn '11
Now that the renewed Lane University Center has been back online for more than two months, the building is regaining its place as the hub of student life on campus.
“I come here pretty much every day,” said theatre major Trevor Kline. “It’s the easiest place to relax.”
“What’s not to like about the Lane Center? It’s a brand new building!” said information desk manager Judy Abbott.
“The renovations are great,” said information technology major Darryl Washington. “The lobby is so much more open, and there is more space everywhere. … My favorite part is the chairs beside the steps because you can watch everyone come and go.”
The game room is a mix of old and new, featuring traditional games like cards and a pool table, along with today’s most popular gaming consoles.
“The game room is the coolest,” said criminal justice major Emmanuel Simon. “They have all of the games for the new times, like Wii Kinect and Xbox.”
In addition to the added space both upstairs and down that was gained from moving the staircase, the building features two additions. On the south side, overlooking the athletic fields, is a glassed-in dining area with a view of the mountains. The side of the building facing the clock tower was expanded, creating a front-and-center university store on the first floor and a cardio fitness center with views of the campus on the second.
“The bookstore is … so much nicer and roomier," said Delilah Boone, a political science/law and society major.
“I love being able to go to the new fitness center when I get off work,” said SGA administrative assistant Kathi Perkins. Pre-nursing student Michelle Gibson prefers it to the PE Center fitness center because it’s less crowded and more open.
Other elements of the old building still exist, but have been enhanced or expanded, including a larger Derezinski Lounge, more food options in Appalachian Station, an expanded William Reeder Atkinson Room, and more meeting space on the first floor.
While alumni from the 1970s on have plenty of memories, newer students at FSU had only experienced Tawes Hall as the stand-in student center since late fall of 2009.
“I’m a transfer student so I’ve never seen the old one, but this one is great. I love all of the food options and the game room,” said information technology major Nate Adkins.
“I was scared to walk in at first, but it’s very homey and cozy,” said Nina Capuano, a law and society major.
“Everything is just way more awesome,” said earth science major Bianca Temple.
By the end of the semester, the entire renovation will be complete. The Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall is now undergoing a complete overhaul. In addition to cosmetic improvements, it will have a light, sound and projection system fully capable of adapting to the many types of events that will be held there.
Many of the new spaces in the refurbished building are as-yet unnamed. You can leave a legacy for yourself, your organization or your loved one through gifts starting at $10,000, with commitments that can be fulfilled over the course of as many as five years. For more information, contact the Office of University Advancement, 301.687.4161, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.