A transformation is underway in the main level of the Harold and Eva White Activities Center (WAC). The once closed-in and separated areas are now open and accessible to everyone to use.
During D-Term, the walls between Cardinal Lounge, the WAC front desk and center hallway were torn down and the space completely opened. Wood flooring was installed throughout, walls were painted, multiple electric outlets installed for media use, three new large-screen TVs were mounted, and wiring for new lighting, sound system and speakers were installed.
The WAC front desk was moved from an enclosed office space to the center of the main floor. Brittini Avery ’14 works at the WAC front desk where students sign up for trips and activities. “Being out here in the open is great,” she says. “I’m able to see and communicate with more people, and we can help more people because they see us and know we’re here.”
The space will be fully functional when new furniture is installed in February. New tables and chairs, comfy armchairs and coffee tables in carpeted areas, an open counter for the front desk, and 36 additional seats will expand the dining and community space from The Cage throughout the floor.
In the meantime, some seating and tables have been added so all students—commuter and residential, graduate and undergraduate—can begin using the space. In coming weeks, programming plans for the TVs will be implemented, the ATM machine will be up and running, new waste stations with bins for recycling, composting and the landfill will be installed, and images depicting the history of the building and Cardinal spirit will be displayed throughout the space.
“We wanted to create more usable space that’s welcoming and continually available for staff and student needs,” says Amy Clarke Sievers, director of student involvement and associate director of the First-Year Experience. “WAC will be open all the time for students and the campus community to meet together and connect, host events, hangout and use as a campus living room.”
Starting winter term, students have been able to use swipes at any time and grab their meals and food at The Cage when it’s convenient for them.
Stay tuned for more updates about WAC as the space takes shape during winter term.