Eastern’s next step in its campus revitalization master plan is to raze Case Hall and Case Annex, according to an email sent on behalf of Michael Benson late Tuesday night.
The university’s intention is to vacate the Case structures at the end of the spring 2016 semester, according to the email. As for the office spaces in Case Annex, faculty and staff will be moved to spaces in McCreary and Mattox halls, as well as the University Building basement. The spaces in those three buildings are scheduled to be available this coming summer and before fall 2016.
The Case structures will be replaced by a new dining facility that will be constructed by EKU’s food vendor, according to the email. However, it is not specific as to whether the food vendor will be Aramark. The email makes the claim that the new dining hall will be “one of the finest in Kentucky.”
Benson’s email did not indicate whether the plans are completely set in stone, but it did say that the Case structures will go down once the campus master plan with architectural firm HEWV Architects P.S.C is finalized. HEWV has also recommended “new traffic patterns throughout campus, additional parking, and a much more pedestrian-friendly environment,” according to the email.
The new dining hall is aimed to be completed by fall 2017, according to the email. The Powell Building will remain open until then, but will then be vacated for more renovations.
The email noted the challenges the university faces with the Kentucky’s proposed budget cut.
This story will be updated on easternprogress.com as more information becomes available.