Kansas Union introduces newest student space, Union Square

Posted on Jan 22, 2018 in Campus News and News

As students make their way around the Kansas Union this semester, those who stop by The Market for lunch are in for a fresh surprise.

“Union Square,” the third-floor seating area outside The Market, underwent a major renovation over winter break. It offers students a new space to study, relax, or meet while grabbing a bite to eat.

Union Square, the newly renovated seating space outside the Market on the third floor of the Kansas Union

“We had 6,000 square feet of space, with a beautiful campus view, that was only utilized over the lunch hour,” said Lisa Kring, director of building & event services. “We entered design with the goal of providing a student space that offered an experience, not just a place to inhale a quick lunch.”

New tables and chairs in a variety of shapes and sizes fill the area, including lounge seating, rocking chairs and eight study pods in a quiet corner.

Televisions line the walls of the space, with some available for students to connect their own devices.  A 24-by 6-feet video wall of TV panels shows the latest in news, sports and entertainment.

Union Square, the newly renovated seating area on the third floor of the Kansas Union

-Ryan Camenzind

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