Ground floor opens in Marvin Center

The renovation of the Marvin Center’s ground floor is set to be completed by the first day of classes, and the area has already been opened, said Mike Gargano, assistant vice president for Student Academic Support Services.

The completion of the ground floor is the first part of a $22 million project to renovate the 29-year-old Marvin Center, Gargano said.

“All of the aggravation that students put up with was well worth it,” Gargano said.

Some of the new additions to the ground floor include Provisions Market, which will replace the MC Store, Freshens Yogurt and Ice Cream, Jamba Juice and Pretzel Time.

ATMs, which were located on the Marvin Center second floor, were returned to the ground floor. Colonial Computers re-opened with a bigger space to display computers and software. Next door, STA Travel will move into its new location this week.

Students will be able to mail packages and get mail boxes in the new post office in the ground floor this fall, Gargano said. In addition, the renovated computer lab will stay open 24 hours a day, and GW has ordered 40 new computers for it, Gargano said.

The Bind, a full-service copy center, will be located on the ground floor as well.

The WRGW radio station will move into its new state-of-the-art studio in August, Gargano said. Students walking by the radio station will be able to see into the sound-proof booth. Plans for a red, neon “On-Air” sign are in the works, Gargano said.

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