While you might not know it, WUSA’s iconic Bombshelter Pub is undergoing huge changes. This new student lounge will be a light and bright multileveled space for you to relax, refresh, reconnect and refuel. With more flexible social spaces, a new bar and restaurant and a second floor that has bookable options to host private meetings and special events, it is sure to be a gathering hub for many years to come. Still located in the SLC, the lounge will provide students with a place to gather, study, and build community – keeping accessibility and sustainability at the forefront.
The Bombshelter Pub has served our campus community for over 40 years and the loss of this space was no doubt a sad moment for many. However, these exciting renovations will allow us to transform this space, ensuring it meets the needs of our students, and brings forward a modern, social space that we can all be proud of.
After hearing from many students, along with student leaders, it became clear that students are looking for “a free open space where we can go to relax as well as socialize (a setting that does not feel like school).”
The new lounge will be exactly that! The proposed re-engineered space will be designed to welcome our students, at any time of the day, regardless of group size. The space will promote community, encourage social engagements and increase wellness.
Here are just a few of the exciting, anticipated features:
Accessibility will be a top priority; an interior elevator will be installed at the main entrance
Accessible gender-neutral washrooms will be a first of its kind in such a campus space
Ensure modern and sustainable waste disposal services, including elements of composting and garden/growth for the restaurant
Members can also even bring their own food to heat-up, eat and rinse/wash their containers
Provide spaces built for members to connect to workstations, use and charge their devices, connect to Wi-Fi, print/copy/scan etc.
Provide modern lounge furniture fixtures that promote wellness, blood circulation, and relaxation
And so much more!
As renovations and construction continue, we will be sure to keep you in the loop about the latest updates and developments on this exciting project! We look forward to the day when we can all relax, refresh, reconnect, and refuel in our new space over a delicious cup of coffee and some great company.
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