by Natalia Kirychuk, Public Relations Writer
Construction will take place summer 2017, with an August 15 grand opening broadcast live on the Cedarville University Facebook page. Financial support for the changes can be offered at cedarville.edu/hiverenovationgift.
The campus snack shop has been known for its good food, but also for its challenges. Traffic flow has always been an issue for The Hive, as lines of customers hinder students from getting drinks, finding a seat or even getting to the door.
The new space will fix these issues by expanding the eatery into the next-door game room and storage closet. The space will become one unified area with updated flooring, seating, lighting and a new stage area with an accompanying sound room.
“We want this to be a place of vibrant community,” said Chad Jackson, Cedarville’s creative director and lead designer on the renovation project. “The community is there; we’re just working to create the space.”
Alana Haslow, interior designer for Cedarville’s health and sciences building, contributed ideas to the project along with students from the International Center for Creativity (ICC), where Cedarville’s third- and fourth-year industrial and innovative design students take classes.
"Students need to experience actual project parameters in order to be effective on the job someday, and these types of collaborative projects are so valuable for that type of experiential learning,” said Jim Stevenson, president of ICC. “While only a few of the students' ideas will actually be able to be included in the final design due to timing and some other constraints, it was still a fun and very valuable experience.”
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,760 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.