After a makeover lasting nearly 2½ years, the Husky Union Building opened on Monday, though it will continue in transition for the next couple of weeks.
Some final touches are being completed and many offices are unpacking in the transition back to the center of campus from Condon Hall, where the HUB moved in May 2010.
While visitors are welcome to explore the refurbished building, the staff advises that not all services may be available, and many will be open on limited basis. Some food vendors in the Husky Den are open, and the University Book Store HUB branch and the Scissors Edge are operating in new quarters.
The building features new meeting rooms and offices for student organizations. Two large ballrooms on the second floor can function as one huge room with an expansive tree-lined view of Lake Washington. The central core of the building is open, with views from one floor to another. Some renovation work also was done in the gaming area on the lower level.
The building is expected to be fully operational on Sept. 24, and grand opening ceremonies will be held with a series of events in conjunction with Dawg Daze Sept. 20-29.
HUB Crawl, an event last held in 2009 before the renovation began, begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, following the Fall Fling concert on Red Square.
An open house for the campus community will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25. It will include building tours, visits to new offices, a Student Activities Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and grand opening ceremonies at noon. On that day special prices will be offered at HUB Games, Husky Den food vendors and the University Book Store.