Welcome to the Grand Re-Opening!

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Chris Heltne

Thumbnail The gothic and the modern. The old and the new. In an ongoing effort to provide an ever-improving experience in all aspects of life at Duke, new construction and renovations were undertaken just last year to make room for even larger projects on the horizon. These early projects are now complete and ready to be unveiled to the community.

Most prominent on the changing Duke skyline is the new Events Pavilion, which provides a picturesque experience with beautiful wooded views through the floor to ceiling windows. The new building initially will provide a temporary home for dining until the completion of the West Union Renovation Project. Dining options will include seven new venues to include southwestern, bistro style, comfort foods, pizza and pasta, a deli, soup and salad and grab and go options.

"When we began the Events Pavilion projects, we had big needs and high hopes for the structure," said Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta. "I think all who come to visit the Pavilion will be very impressed with the building itself, and will be thrilled with the food we're serving there."

The Events Pavilion is connected to the original plaza area by a beautiful extension including new seating areas with shaded landscaping, locations for food carts, and graded access from the plaza to Towerview and all points west.

Finally, the Bryan Center renovations provide a much more engaging, student-focused experience.  "It was our intention that the Bryan Center become a much more inviting hub for student activity," said University Center Activities and Events (UCAE) Executive Director Chris Roby. "The renovations accomplish that goal, and much more."

Residents of the Bryan Center include student organization space for DSG, DUU, BSA and media groups; the attractively redesigned University Bookstore; several dining venues including Au Bon Pain, the relocated and redesigned Loop in the former 'Dillo space, Red Mango frozen yogurt and smoothies, and McDonalds; and several Student Affairs centers and offices including the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, the UCAE, Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Center for Leadership Development and Social Action, and the Office of the Vice President.

On August 26, from 10-6, Duke will showcase the new Events Pavilion, the revitalized Plaza, and the renovated Bryan Center to the campus community with open houses, great prize giveaways, free food, fun art activities, live performances, and much more. All are invited to attend.