The ever-changing Bone Student Center unveiled its newest renovation last Tuesday: an overhaul to the Circus Room.
The Circus Room has been turned from a two-level room to a one-level room, and for a variety of reasons.
“We have made improvements to fill in the floor for more flexibility for set-ups in the Circus Room,” Bone Student Center Director Michelle Paul said.
Mobility issues are a big reason why the Circus Room is now one level.
“We had considerable challenges with accessibility in that space,” Assistant Director of Retail and Financial Services Melody Palm said. “There was not a way for som people to participate in events, so changing the layout to one floor certainly helps them out and makes the room that much more attractive, along with the other changes.”
“It was challenging. There was a lot of character to the two levels in the Circus Room, but also a lot of challenges in room setup,” Paul said.
The Circus Room hosts events, practices, and auditions for many organizations and students, including the Profound Pioneers and many sororities and fraternities.
“It has new carpet, paint and a nice, solid surface. I felt strongly to keep the hard surface because I know a lot of students use it for dance practice,” Paul added.
The renovation comes off the heels of the new roof that was put on the Bone this summer.
ISU’s Board of Trustees also approved for $2 million to be used in future renovations of the Bone, which are yet to be determined.
“It is exciting for us to know the money is there and that more improvements are coming up for us. We are going to be figuring out exactly what those improvements are right now. We hope to have a contract with a firm by the end of August. It is usually around a 12 to 18 month process, and then we go back to the board to get the plan approved,” Paul said.
“We are always looking to improve the Bone, just as we improved Einstein and have done work on the stairs. It is something we always want to consider,” she added.
“I have been in the Circus Room a few times for some auditions,” junior theatre major Sarah Aphilliac said. “I’ll probably be in there again this year for something, so I kind of want to see what they have done.”
Free cake will be served at 11 a.m. on September 10 on the second floor of the Bone to celebrate it’s 40th birthday.