The University of Mississippi Student Union is home to many restaurants, offices for different organizations, and the Barnes & Noble bookstore. The Union is now undergoing renovations because it is no longer able to handle UM’s student size. This renovation will cost more than $50 million and is expected to be completed May 2019.
The renovation and expansion will include a larger dining area, new student government offices, a ballroom and conference space, a student government chamber with theater seating, and a front porch overlooking the Grove.
The building’s size will increase from 97,000 square feet to 157,000 square feet. The current Student Union was built in 1976 when UM’s student population was around 8,500 students. The expansion phase began in 2014, and the next phase – restoration – will begin after the fall semester.
There have been rumors of a mobile Chick-fil-A, but Dining Services said the approval will not be known until Nov. 18. After the expansion and renovations, Dining Services will also add a McAlister’s Deli and a Which Which Sandwich Shop. However, UM will lose one of its few healthy food options Toss it Up.