Renovations Beginning Summer 2014
The University of Mississippi will begin a four-year, $50 million renovation and expansion of its Student Union in summer 2014, which will include a larger dining area, new student government offices, a ballroom, conference space and other amenities.
A full university committee spent years studying ways to upgrade the building, visiting student unions at Auburn University, Louisiana State University and others. Ultimately, the committee decided to renovate the existing Ole Miss Student Union, but also to increase its size from 97,000 square feet to about 157,000 square feet.
The project will be handled in phases over about four years, which should minimize disruption. The bookstore and food court inside the Student Union will remain open throughout construction.
The 10,000-square foot post office will shut down permanently June 30. UM Student Housing will still deliver mail and care packages to students who live in residence halls, and university employees will continue to receive business mail at the departments where they work. The first floor lobby of Crosby Hall will become a mail and package center to serve students who live in residence halls. Those UM retirees, employees and others who had a mailbox in the Student Union will have the option of getting a P.O. box at Oxford’s post office on McElroy Drive.