UAA moving bookstore, making more room for student services
After living off the University of Alaska Anchorage campus for the past 17 years, the offices that include student services will be moving back on campus.
"For a number of years we have heard from students, from student government that it was not adequate for students to drive two miles off campus," said UAA Vice Chancellor for Student Services Bruce Schultz. "Many students don't have cars, students who live on campus have to take the shuttle bus and so that consumes a large amount of time."
The offices were moved to the University Center in the early 2000s when UAA experienced a growth spurt. Schultz says admissions, financial aid, registration and transcript services will return to the main campus.
"We recognized that we needed to move some operations to a different part of campus so that we could get some turn happening, some space turn," Schultz said. "What we did was take those functions and move them to the University Center and that allowed us to make different space decisions."
The times have now changed and it makes more sense to bring those services back on campus. The UAA Campus Bookstore will move from its current location next to the Student Union and relocate inside the Alaska Airlines Center until a permanent spot can be found.
"If you look at college campuses around the Lower 48 and the way that books are being delivered now, it's very different than what our current model is," Schultz said.
The bookstore will hold a moving sale on Sept. 27. Beginning on Sept. 28, the textbook aisles will be closed and online orders will open. The bookstore will be closed Oct. 14 through Oct. 27 as staff move and set up the new location. The store is expected to be up and running in room 160 at the Alaska Airlines Center on Oct. 28.
Once everything is out of the bookstore and a construction company is chosen from bids that are currently being accepted, the renovation of the space will start.
"We're going to be going as soon as we can get construction crews in the space, late October early November time frame," said UAA Facilities and Services Sustainability and Business Manager Ryan Buchholdt. "It is a tight timeline but it is achievable."
Buchholdt says the construction portion of the area will consist mostly of setting up cubicles, bringing and setting up furniture, fire sprinklers and making the new area ADA compliant.
The goal is to have the space operating by early February.
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