Western Kentucky University

Dero Downing Student Union Renovation Project

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Moving in: The WKU Store prepares for a fall 2013 opening

The New Dero Downing Student Union is Coming Soon!

WKU is pleased to commence the two-year, $49 million renovation project of the Downing University Center, WKU's main student center on campus. Upon completion in the fall of 2014, the state-of-the-art renovation project will unveil an updated, innovative, sustainable space that will benefit the entire WKU community. 

The new Dero Downing Student Union will be completed in phases, with initial facilities and services opening to the public in the fall of 2013.

Many of the changes to the building, originally opened in 1970, will be at the request of students. Students were included in tours of student centers at other universities and have been instrumental in providing feedback about features and benefits that will be implemented as the new DUC comes to life.

Much of the building will be closed in phases. Occupants, including various offices, student activities and dining services, will be relocated during construction. Some of the WKU dining services will be relocated to a temporary structure near the Preston Center while others will find permanent homes in new locations.

The building is being designed to be LEED ® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified including features such as local and/or sustainable materials, energy efficient systems and daylight harvesting.

This website exists to inform the WKU community and beyond of the most up-to-date information available regarding moving dates, relocation areas and more. We invite you to contact us with your questions or comments.


Please view the Relocation Schedule at the top of this page for detailed information on moving dates and relocation areas.




Renovation Highlights:

  • All new building systems, such as mechanical, electrical and plumbing
  • A 24-hour study area
  • Larger and enhanced meeting rooms
  • New recreation area on the first floor
  • New offices for staff, Student Government Association and student organizations
  • Moving the WKU Store to the ground floor
  • Upgraded food services area
  • Balcony seating for Fresh Food Company 
  • New entrances on both sides
 Last Modified 7/22/13