The Voice: Spring 2002

The Voice

The building will be gone but not the memories

The Student Union Building, built in 1969, will come down by May of this year.

As work continues on the new Dordt College Campus Center, another deadline draws near. The current Student Union Building, known fondly to most as “the SUB,” is set to undergo demolition in May.

Architects worked hard to incorporate the existing student union building into plans for the new Campus Center, but they finally came to the conclusion that it would be too costly to structurally fit the old building with the new.

The SUB will close over spring break. A contracted crew will spend the remainder of March and most of April removing asbestos from the building prior to its demolition. Once the SUB is gone, work will begin on a plaza area and the landscaping leading to the Campus Center’s main entrance.

Services currently offered in the SUB will be distributed across campus. Most of the offices such as student services, the bookstore, and the placement office will be moved to the basement level of Covenant Hall. The commons will extend their meal hours to accommodate the closing of the snack bar, and student mailboxes will be placed temporarily in the lobby of De Witt Gymnasium.

Not all of the SUB will be lost, however. Woodworkers on Dordt’s maintenance staff are recycling old mailboxes from the SUB into wood-encased coin banks. These banks will be available to Dordt alumni and friends for a donation. And if you’ve ever wanted a nifty paperweight, there is also the possibility of owning a SUB brick. Donations raised through these items will fund alumni scholarships. Watch for more information in the near future.

And while you’re thinking about the SUB, please take a moment to jot down your favorite memories and send them to alumni@dordt.edu or mail them to the alumni office.