Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has broken ground on a $25 million expansion of its student union. The school says upgrades will include a new dining room, refurbished conference rooms and new space for the Office of Corporate Engagement.
The project will add more than 19,000 square feet to the student center. The facility will feature expanded student lounge with a coffee bar and cafe staffed with chefs. There will also be new outdoor gathering spaces and a "campus green" area.
President Jim Conwell says the project signals a new chapter in Rose-Hulman’s growth. He says the student union will become a "vibrant campus hub" and a centerpiece for campus life.
The expansion is being supported by a $9-million lead gift from Linda and Mike Mussallem. Mike Mussallem is a 1974 Rose-Hulman graduate and is chief executive officer of California-based Edwards Lifesciences.