Johnson Center Will Undergo Renovations in 2014

Posted: January 21, 2014 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: January 22, 2014 at 7:30 am

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As you return to campus for the spring semester, you will notice — or soon will notice — changes around the Johnson Center. Here is a rundown, with dates subject to change:

  • Jazzman’s will close shortly after Commencement in May and will be replaced by a Starbucks that will open in early August.
  • The News Center has closed; the new Patriot Computers store opens in that space on or around April 1. The former Patriot Computers store space will be replaced by a Panera Bread that will open in late August, with patio seating. When the new Panera opens, La Patisserie will close.
Johnson Center food court. Photo by Creative Services

Johnson Center food court. Photo by Creative Services

  • Freshens has closed until May 1. It will return inside a new convenience store in the former Gallery 123 space. That store is expected to open in early May. The Freshens menu will include crepes.
  • Hot Spot and Sprouts have moved to The Hub, and will take over the space previously occupied by Original Burger.
  • Cupcakes Actually will move to the La Pat window on Thursdays.
  • The two TV screens that were available in the first floor News Center space have been removed. Two new TV screens will be installed soon in the second floor West Lounge near the elevators.
  • Renovation of five elevators will take place between March and late August, starting with the pair on the east side of the building and finishing with the pair on the west side of the building.
  • The outer ring of counters around the JC information desk will be removed. Freestanding kiosks with iPads will take over some of the vacated space or be located on the corner walls in the vicinity of the desk. The main center counter island of the desk will remain in place.
  • By the end of January, the Writing Center will move from JC, Room 136, into the JC Library, and the Course Materials Office will move into JC, Room 136.
  • The Hub now houses the Print Services administrative offices, but the Print Services retail operation will remain at the JC.
  • The Bistro will undergo renovations from mid-May to mid-August and will reopen with a new format. Responding to faculty and staff requests for a lunch meeting place that can accommodate diners who want to bring their own food, The Bistro will no longer be all-you-care to-eat. The new one-trip-through format enables diners to exit with their meals into a larger seating area open to all.

Write to Preston Williams at pwilli20@gmu.edu

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