Brady Commons, which is being transformed into the new MU Student Center, has been under construction since April 2005.
The expansion, now nearing completion, will double the size of the former complex.
Phase 1 of the expansion project resulted in the opening of the University Bookstore, TigerTech, ID Office, UMB Bank and Truman's Takeout.
This phase also included the Auditorium, Leadership Lounge and Center for Student Involvement.
The Center for Student Involvement holds Student Governments, Organization Resource Group, Greek Life, Campus Activities, Service and Leadership offices, New Student Programs, the Box Office and the Student Design Center.
Phase 2 originally had a completion date of Spring 2011, but it should be finished by Homecoming Week in mid-October, Student and Auxiliary Services’ Public Relations Manager Michelle Froeze said.
"We’re very excited that students will get to use their facility early," Froeze said.
Official opening ceremonies will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21. There will be a “Welcome to Your Student Center” tailgate lunch, sponsored by the Homecoming Steering Committee and the Missouri Student Unions.
The commons portion, which includes over 500 seats and five restaurants, is scheduled to open at 7 a.m. on Aug. 18.
Phase 2 includes:
- Mizzou Market
- Student Entrepreneur Center
- Digiprint copy center
- ATMs and a bank
- Mort’s, a grill next to a new gaming area
- Nine meeting rooms for student use
- Mizzou Traditions Lounge
- The Shack, a programming/event space for 200
- Fireplace Lounge
- Social Justice Center
- Student Media and Publications
The renovation of Brady Commons developed after MU students voiced their need for a mutual meeting place, as well as an improvement to student facilities.
According to the MU Student Center website, “Student voices are at the heart of this project.”
MU sophomore Morgan Stone said he was "super excited."
"I hear there’s gonna be a lot of fun things to do,” he said.
For more information, go to mustudentcenter.com or find the MU Student Center on Facebook at facebook.com/mustudentcenter.