As semester starts, Campus Life Center construction advances on schedule
Blink once. Blink twice. No, you’re not imagining things.
Students returning to Emory this week may have been surprised by what they’re not seeing in the heart of campus: namely, the Dobbs University Center (DUC).
Where the DUC once stood is now a sprawling soilscape — land scraped clean and bare, rubble already hauled away. And its absence has created a yawning void in the university skyline, offering newly opened views of campus buildings from sightlines once obscured.
This summer’s demolition of the DUC was the first step in preparing for construction of a new Campus Life Center (CLC), which is slated to open around summer 2019. The project is a partnership between Emory’s Campus Life and Campus Services.
Plans for the new structure were driven by growing space needs, a desire for more flexible and efficient dining services, and the need for more room for student organizations and gathering spaces, according to Ajay Nair, senior vice president and dean of campus life.
“The CLC is a transformative project and really important to us,” says Nair. “Many of the challenges we face at Emory are related to space, which you need to bring people together. While we do have space, it’s not always functional and it’s not big enough.
“What we’re now creating will be the most welcoming space on campus, with no front door or back door — it’s all open, so you’ll be able to enter from any direction and hopefully feel you are at home at Emory,” he says.