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Wednesday January 23rd, 2013

Posted at 3:00pm

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The old Bookstore, looking at basement textbook level

The University of Windsor’s old Bookstore location looks nothing like it used to after two months of major interior changes.

The old location will be transformed into brand-new office and lecture space, all before May 1st.

The University says substantial construction should be completed by April 15th, 2013 with project completion date of May 1st.

Interior renovations include a major transformation to the basement, first and second floors and see the construction of a 100 seat classroom, a 60 seat classroom, several meeting rooms, student study areas and the in-fill of an open 3 storey space with a new floor.

The new space will be utilized by the University’s Odette School of Business.

The actual Bookstore moved temporarily to Vanier Hall on the western edge of campus and will eventually end up occupying space previously filled by the Thirsty Scholar Pub space in the basement of the CAW Student Centre. A student referendum was held to veto moving the Bookstore to the pub spot, but lost momentum. While the result of the vote was overwhelmingly against permitting the Bookstore to move to the Pub location, the vote failed to meet the minimum requirement for the referendum to count.

The Odette School of Business building, which the Bookstore is structurally part of, was originally built in 1991 with 107,310 square feet of gross floor area including 25,000 square feet in the Bookstore area.

The new classroom space is set to be furnished and ready for students in September 2013.

The remains of railings are visible in the area of what used to be stairs leading to the basement textbook level

Looking toward the former stationery and clothing area

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