Thomas Commons Renovation Project Schedule
A printable renovation and construction schedule is available in PDF format. Please be aware that this schedule is subject to change--please refer to this website for further updates.
Inconveniences to expect during renovation and construction
The Thomas Commons is used multiple times every day by most of our students and many of our faculty and staff members. This will not change during this year of renovation. Essential services housed in this building, including dining services, mail and service center, classroom spaces, bookstore and the Information Desk, will continue to operate. However, there will be some changes, limitations and inconveniences.
Some meetings or events will need to be held in other buildings
Meetings or events that have traditionally taken place in Thomas Commons may need to be held in other campus buildings during this year of construction.
Private dining rooms will be unavailable
Many meetings take place in the three small private dining rooms (Keeler, Updegraff and Magee), but those will be off-line beginning in October. Meeting coordinators should consult with Carol Stock (Info Desk) for other space options.
Special events in Flint (south) dining room will be limited
Historically this dining room has been used for special events several times each semester. The other two dining rooms provided adequate space for students when the special event occurred during a meal time. That will not be the case during the renovation period, so the south dining room cannot be used during meal times for special events. Event sponsors should consult with Carol Stock (Info Desk) for other space options.
More tables and chairs will be placed in the south and east dining rooms
Parts of the west dining room will be taken off-line for conversion to a new servery before the new northeast dining room is ready. There is space in the south and east dining rooms to accommodate the tables and chairs that will be moved from the west dining room, but space between tables will not be as wide as in the past.
Main entrance changes
Instead of two main entrances to the upper level, there will be one during 2012-13. Also, that entrance will be a construction-type entrance during the latter stages of the project as the existing entrance undergoes renovation.
Circle Drive Parking
Due to construction traffic, the Circle Drive will be closed for a majority of the year.
Changes in the schedule are possible
A construction and renovation schedule does not always go exactly as planned. There may be minor adjustments to the dates of when areas will be available.