One of the most anticipated new facilities on the University of St. Thomas St. Paul campus is finally open. The $66 million Anderson Student Center is home to 225,000 square feet of dining, retail, recreation, meeting and lounge spaces.
Activities associated with the building’s soft opening are taking place all day, including a ceremony with campus administrators and student leaders at noon in the atrium. Read more about the soft-opening activities. Formal dedication ceremonies are planned for later in the spring.
Folks visiting the Anderson Student Center for the first time will notice venues with familiar names, and also a few new ones:
- Food: There are three major dining areas: The View, a student dining center on the second floor, as well as T’s, a Grill-like restaurant, and Scooter’s on the first floor. Coffee, smoothies and other beverages will be available at the Loft on the third floor.
- Recreation: A four-lane bowling center and dance floor are located on the lower level. Pool tables and electronic darts are located in Scooter’s, and another first-floor area recreation named ’85 includes pingpong, foosball tables and flat-screen TVs for video games.
- Meeting rooms and offices: The Division of Student Affairs, Campus Ministry, Auxiliary Services, and student organizations and clubs are on the second and third levels. A large multipurpose room named James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall on the third floor provides flexible space for dinners, concerts, dances, lectures and other activities. A Hearth Room and 13 meeting rooms are on the second and third floors of the Summit wing.
- Art: A permanent art gallery houses the American Museum of Asmat Art on the second floor. Space also is available throughout the building for student and other exhibits.
- Stores: Tommie Shop, offering UST clothing and gear, and a convenience store named Summit Marketplace both are located on the first floor.
For more information, including a complete list of offices located in the building, visit the Anderson Student Center’s website.