By Joshua Owen
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
The new Marian Hall and Student Engagement Center is still running on its original opening schedule to be completed in summer 2017, a University of the Incarnate Word administrator said.
“At this point and time (there have been) no obstacles,” said Dr. David Jurenovich, vice president of enrollment management and student services. “We have our fingers crossed.”
Construction – now budgeted at $31 million — started last summer with demolition of the original Marian Hall Student Center. The foundation is now being laid. And a huge construction crane is operating in the midst of the big hole from which will rise a three-and-a-half story, state-of-the-art center.
This new center will be home to a Luciano’s Italian Restaurant, a pub, dining hall, bookstore, an Apple Store, mailroom, Help Desk and medical center, Jurenovich pointed out.
“I’ve learned from the contractors and what not, it just seems like they are moving a lot of dirt around and pouring concrete and doing this and doing that and nothing’s happening, but then all of a sudden once that’s done the bricks (will) start flying.”